According to tradition, two forms of training are used in Ashtanga yoga: Ice class and Mysore class.
An ice class is a lesson that is held at the expense of the teacher. The whole group synchronously performs the sequence, rebuilding their breath under this score. Practitioners perform the same asanas, following the instructions of the teacher. The teacher calls the asanas, marks the beginning of the inhalation and exhalation, gives instructions on how to build up the asana, hold the bandhas and direct your gaze (drishti).
The Mysore class (got its name from the city of Mysore, where the ashtanga yoga school founded by Pattabhi Jois is located) is a lesson in which the practitioner, independently of others, performs a sequence in the rhythm of his breathing, at a pace convenient for him. Continue reading