Frequently Asked Questions

I have no yoga experience, how can I get started?

You don’t need any prior experience to join our Mysore classes. To begin with, you’ll start with a short, easy sequence and the teacher will guide you and reassure you all the way through your practice. Have a read of our beginner's page and feel free to get in touch if you have any more questions. Once you’re ready to join a class, simply email Anna with your preferred date and time so she can prepare for your arrival. 

I’m not flexible at all, can I do yoga?

Of course you can – touching your toes is not a prerequisite! You don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga but after establishing a regular practice, your flexibility will improve. Consider it a bonus. Learn about some of the other lovely benefits of a regular practice here.

I’m 65, am I too old to join your classes?

Absolutely not. Everyone, no matter your age or ability is welcome at Ashtanga Yoga Jersey.

What should I wear to class?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in.
What do I need to bring?

We recommend bringing your own mat and a micro fibre towel or a Mysore rug, as well as a small face towel. We do have several spare yoga mats at the Shala, but we encourage everyone to bring their own.

What’s a Moonday and why are you closed?

Moondays are days when the full or new moon falls. As with all things in nature, we’re affected by the phases of the moon and the energy is strong, which can influence our body and mind. Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition so make sure to rest on those days. Have a look at the Moonday page and update your diary accordingly.

I’m pregnant, can I practice Ashtanga?

If you have an established practice, it’s recommended you take a break until you’re at least 12–14 weeks pregnant. Make sure to ask your health practitioner or midwife whether you’re ready to recommence your yoga practice and please inform the teacher of your pregnancy as soon as possible, so we can modify the sequence for you.

If you’re new to yoga, we recommend waiting until you’re at least 8–10 weeks postpartum before you start practising yoga. Until then, you can check out Anna’s pregnancy yoga classes.

I’m injured or recovering from injury, can I practice?

On arrival at the Shala, please discuss your injury with the teacher. Your practice will be adapted so you can practice safely allowing your body to heal.

Can I eat breakfast before the class?

It’s better not to eat for a couple of hours before the class but drinking water and/or coffee beforehand is fine. Unless you’re pregnant, please refrain from drinking water during practice. The heat of the internal fire – Agni in Sanskrit – has lots of therapeutic benefits which are dampened by drinking water.

Can I arrange a private lesson?

In Mysore-style classes, you get to experience personalised attention and guidance in a group setting. We encourage everyone to try a Mysore-style class before you book a private class. 


If you’re unable to attend our morning Mysore classes, both Anna and Claire have some availability for private appointments. For more details, and to book your first class, email Anna or Claire.