Self-Practice and Led Practice
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga that places emphasis on breath and movement. Each posture is held for a set number of breaths and postures are done in a particular order.
Ashtanga Yoga has a reputation of being a "hard" form of yoga and although it is a physically demanding practice I believe that if taught where kindness and compassion are guiding principles then the practice does not have to be "hard".
I offer props, variations and alternatives to all my students.
In a self-practice class (traditionally called "Mysore Style"), students move through the order of postures at their own pace according to the dynamic rhythm of their own breathing. In this type of class, the teacher works with students individually (a bit like a private yoga class in a group setting) offering support, guidance or alternatives as needed.
In a led class, the teacher guides students through the order of poses in the series and counts the breaths so that the class works together as a cohesive whole. Individual variations, props, verbal and hands-on assists (optional), kindness and compassion are still offered!
Links which may help you if you're not familiar with Ashtanga Yoga:
Important words from teacher Petri Raisanen about Ashtanga's founder Pattabhi Jois.
This is what a self-practice class looks like.
This is what a traditional led class looks like.
Useful downloads of the postures.
Useful apps to aid your practice.