Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional series of postures practiced in the same order each time. The system focuses on improving strength, flexibility, stamina and concentration. The sequence and poses of the preliminary series (also called Yoga Chikitsa/Yoga Therapy) are meant to purify the body and internal organs.
Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga
This type of class differs from the usual way of teaching yoga. The class is not "led" together, instead, the students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence at their own pace. The teacher instructions students one-on-one within the group class setting through verbal cues & physical adjustments.
***New/beginner students are taught poses one at a time. Each student is given a yoga routine according to their ability - if a student has trouble with a particular pose, the teacher can offer a modification. Additional poses will be given to each student as they become more comfortable, aware and stable in the poses within the sequence that they are practicing.
What if I don't know the sequence /do I have to learn it at home before attending class? :
No you can attend a class without any knowledge about the sequence.
Ashtanga is traditionally taught one pose at a time - meaning the next pose in the sequence should be taught and added only after the student is/was comfortable and stable in the previous pose.