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8Petals Traditional Yoga Shala

Our yoga teachings are mainly based on the yoga teachings as known and transmitted from the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and traditional yoga teachings based on the texts such as Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. 

Our way of learning is individually in a group setting. We explore asana, pranayama, mantra & meditation.
Yoga will help to purify & strengthen body & mind and if done consistently over an extended period of time it brings inner peace and joy to live life to its fullest potential.  

With consistency, patience and commitment yoga will improve your physical body to a state of natural equilibrium & health, however unlike a fitness program this science can and probably will influence the deeper emotional and mental layers of your being.
For those who are curious about these realms, we teach additional techniques such as concentration, breathing and meditation.

How we teach at 8Petals Yoga Shala:

  • the class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is given one-on-one within a group class setting. We call this ‘Mysore Style’.
  • students develop their own practice and perform this within their own ability and at their own pace
  • the teacher guides each student individually by giving verbal instruction and/or physical adjustments

 

Students learn their practice using a specific movement-breathing technique called vinyasa krama. Each student is given their personal yoga routine according to their ability. Beginner students tend to have a shorter practice than those with more experience. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility, concentration and emotional stability additional postures/practices are given to the student.

 

About Led Classes

Contrary to ‘Mysore-Style’classes, we might have an occasional Led Class. In this class the whole group follows the cues and rhythm of the teacher, all together.

However, it is recommended to get permission from the teacher to attend his/her led class, as usually only students who are already practicing withing the ‘Mysore-Style’ setting are allowed to follow this class.

 

Consideration & Respect

Please consider that to teach a Mysore-Style program requires full commitment from the teacher, not only towards the students, but towards the teacher’s personal practice. Aside from the regular teaching hours the teacher has a close relationship to his/her own teacher(s) and maintains a daily physical and spiritual practice in order to teach from a place of personal experience and knowledge.
Attendance to the program means that you understand the commitment to a long-term process of developing and understanding the layers of the yoga system; not just some sweating and stretching.

 

Shala Etiquette

  • All levels of practitioners are welcome 
  • Please respect & honour the student-teacher relationship and follow instructions from your teacher. 
  • If you do not remember your sequence or if it is not possible for you please request guidance 
  • If you practice in a Mysore program at another studio or with another teacher it is requested that on your first day to please practice only the Primary Series & respect that teacher's space and teachings. This is so you can be supported from the very foundation of your practice with the new teacher.
  • Please do not take any new asanas/practices unless agreed upon with your teacher. 
  • Respect your limits. Acknowledge that your body and mind will feel different everyday; listen to what your body tells you and practice in your own time following your own breath.
  • Practice with care and consideration toward yourself and others.
  • Do not ask for adjustments and let go of expectations for the teacher to give daily adjustments. Adjustments are given with the means to understand the movement that will allow you to perform the asana on your own.
  • Please notify your teacher before practice of any injuries. 
  • Please refrain from unnecessary talking.
  • Personal hygiene is an integral part of practicing yoga. Please ensure that you and your gear are clean.
  • Scrub off any body lotion before practice.  
  • Please bring a towel to class.
  • Refrain from eating at least 2 hours prior to practicing. Drink plenty of water after your practice but please do not take water bottles into the practice space.
  • If you feel emotionally upset during or after your practice (joy, sadness, irritation, etc) then accept the feelings and bid them welcome. If this feels difficult, you are encouraged to speak to your teacher about it.  
  • Do not underestimate the effect of Yoga. It is a very effective self-therapy for personal development - physically, mentally, and spiritually. Consider a balanced practice integrating activation and release, engagement and softening, as the means to your progress.
  • No physical asana classes on New and Full moon days. Please see our schedule for moon days & meditation classes.
  • Resting days for female students during their lunar days is a must and should rest the first 3 days.
  • It is of utmost importance for pregnant students to inform about the duration and status of the pregnancy to the teacher.
  • We do not accept new students who are in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
  • As an existing member of the shala you are welcome to come to class for your meditation/yoga nidra practice, however no asana practice in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy or 14 weeks post partum.
  • Please take into account that we are practicing in a rented, co-sharing space. Please take care of your belongings. 8PetalsYoga does not take any responsibility for lost items.
  • Please refrain from taking any pictures or videos in the shala. We have an assigned practitioner who takes photos once in a while, and we will communicate this to the group before hand with regards to privacy and consent.
  • Please respect that a commitment is made from both parties with regards to time and energy. Payments will not be refunded if particpation is subsequently cancelled.