“Yoga can be practiced by anyone, whether young, old, very old, healthy or sick. Each student must be considered as an individual and taught at a pace that is suitable for their situation in life.”- KPJAYI.org
Each student begins by learning the Primary Series with their teacher. The first session is about an hour. In this hour, the student learns the history and purpose of Ashtanga, Sun Salutes,Standing and closing asanas. After each session, the student memorizes what they learn and return the next day for their next lesson. They continue in this way until they have memorized and learned the Primary sequence of Ashtanga. As the student progresses, challenge is added according to the students ability.
Learning yoga in this traditional manner benefits the student on many levels. It is possible for one to gain independence and confidence in their sadhana (spiritual practice), as well, something truly becomes one’s own when they learn it by heart. It is through the daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga that we draw it into ourselves, understand it, and become proficient in its methods, thereby reaping its wide range of benefits. For this to be accomplished, a slow, dedicated and patient approach is best.- KPJAYI.org