Start with an Introduction course for beginners

The Introduction to Ashtanga yoga course is  the best place to get started.   This is a 4 week course for you to be introduced to the style of ashtanga yoga, the teachers and the studio.  We assume that all students have attended an Introduction course in all of our weekly scheduled classes, so this is the best place to become familiar with the basics of ashtanga yoga and ensure you get the most out of the regular classes.  These courses run once a month and must be pre booked which you can do on our Courses and Workshops page.

If you cannot attend an Introduction course, then fear not we have thought if this.  We know work, family, travel can make it tricky to attend a course and you are super keen to start sooner rather than later.  We suggest you come along to one of of regular beginners classes (Tuesday or Thursday evenings or Friday mornings) in the meantime and then book into an Introduction course when you can make it.

After the Introduction course

Once you have completed the Introduction course you are ready to start attending regular classes. If you really don’t feel ready to join the big kids’ classes then you can book another Intro course.

Start with a guided Beginners class, after 6 -12 weeks then move onto a Half primary series class.  Once you get a feel for the sequence and the flowing nature of the practice join a beginners Mysore class and get ready for the transformation!  Once you are ready for a real challenge, join us for  a Full primary series class.

The key is to be disciplined enough to attend at least once a week.  Try practising a little at home also.  A sun salute a day keeps the doctor away!

This practice is designed to be done 6 days a week (eventually) but that is something to build up to in your own time.

Types of classes

We have a regular schedule of classes that run every week where you don’t need to book in.

There are two types of classes at Live and Breathe Yoga  as traditionally Ashtanga yoga is taught using two different formats.  The led/guided class and the mysore style  class. Please refer to our Class descriptions page for more details.

  • The Led/guided class is when everyone practices the same postures all together at the same time and are guided or led by the teacher using physical demonstration and verbal cues.  Beginners classes led/guided classes available three times a week.   As the name suggests the teacher leads the class through the postures at a slow pace to get you familiar with the set sequence.
  • The Mysore style class get it’s name from the home of Ashtanga yoga (Mysore in Southern India) and is a self practice class. The teacher does not demonstrate to everyone at the same time, instead everyone practices the same postures but at their own pace and the teacher give one to one guidance to each student as and when they need it.

While we don’t like to turn people away, it’s best not to join the Mysore style or Full Primary series Led class until you’ve tried the preliminary (introduction course or beginner level) classes for at least a month.

Before you arrive

Studio etiquette – please read our Studio Etiquette page. This will help you and everyone else have the best experience at the studio. Don’t worry; none of them are too weird!

Injuries – Let the teacher know when you arrive to the class if you have any injury concerns. They will do their best to offer alternate postures where needed. You can give us a call or send us an email if you’re concerned too.

Pregnancy – If you’re in your first trimester of pregnancy, it is recommended not to practise Ashtanga yoga, and then after that only if you’ve practised previously. Allison practiced Ashtanga yoga all throughout her pregnancy so please be in touch for more details. 

Frequently asked questions – we have compiled a list of all the questions we get asked regularly of our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Please refer to them before getting in touch.

What to bring:

  • Dress – make sure you wear something clean and comfortable. It’s best to wear clothing that isn’t too loose as it can get in the way in some postures.
  • Equipment – there are some mats available for hire in the studio; however, we encourage you to purchase your own (there are some for purchase at the studio too, though they are available online and in most sports stores). It’s best to also bring a towel (to support you in some postures and more importantly, because yoga gets sweaty!) and also some water for after the class.
  • Extras – Enthusiasm, an open mind, readiness to work hard and a sense of humour!

Class costs – please refer to our Schedule and prices page. Note we do not have EFTPOS facilities at the studio at this stage.

Who are we?

You can check out the Teachers and About us page for more information about our yoga philosophy. In a nutshell, we are a Townsville city-based, welcoming, Ashtanga yoga studio, steadfast in helping you benefit from the traditional teachings of the practice.

Why ashtanga yoga?

Ashtanga yoga:

  • increases fitness, strength, flexibility, movement and joint mobility
  • allows you time to listen to your body
  • improves performance in other fitness areas
  • supports the individual towards a more rounded health approach
  • focuses on breathing to extend all of the above
  • promotes mindfulness
  • encourages relaxation
  • assists rehabilitation from injury, with support and guidance from a professional
  • AND, allows you to join a great community!
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