Every Astanga yoga practitioner has stepped onto a mat for the very first time and we all remember what it feels like to start something new. With that in mind we aim to make your start as easy as possible.


Don’t worry if you are not flexiable You don’t need to be flexible to begin practicing. The teacher can always show you modifications for certain poses and you can use blocks or straps to help, no matter your level. Good bases (breath, stability, focus, and correct alignment are much more important than being able to put your legs behind your head.) Yoga is not stretchingAshtanga is a dynamic practice and the heat created will help soften tensional patterns in fascia and muscles. The practice also leads to oxygenating every corner of your body.  With a regular practice, little by little you’ll gain flexibility, but also strength, endurance and vitlity.

You will be taught individually from the beginning. In your first class you will be taught  the breathing technique and a small sequence of postures. Your first few practices will be around 30-45 minutes.

As you learn and internalize the basics, your teacher will one step at a time guide you further into the practice. In this way you slowly and safely learn the sequence by heart and develop an ability to focus inwardly.

Mysore setting allows personal teaching, which is ideal for beginners. The common misconception is that Mysore classes are only for advanced students who have already established a regular yoga practice could not be further from the truth. On the contrary, Mysore style class is the best way to start and there is absolutely no need to be intimidated.

All you need is motivation to learn. No preparation is needed, just get started and come as you are. We encourage to commit the minimum of 2-3 times per week in order to embody and to learn the sequence correctly and safely.

Mysore class is not your average yoga class. The classes are taught by highly trained teachers who have dedicated a good portion of their lives to the daily study and practice of Astanga yoga.

Mysore practice offers a highly personalised approach without the cost of a private lesson. Read more about Mysore style Astanga yoga here.

If you have any doubts or feel unsure, you are always welcome to contact the teacher or to speak in person.

*All New Students/Beginners are kindly requested to contact Delara prior to visiting Ashtanga Yoga Vevey. Students without prior experience of the method are welcomed to observe any morning class, Monday to Thursday, before study commences. (New Students often make an appointment to observe the morning class for about half an hour, then take their first lesson then and there.)