About Ashtanga Mysore Class
Ashtanga Mysore style yoga is the traditional way to learn and practice Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois.
In a Mysore style room the teacher teaches each student individually and new asanas are given one by one as the student builds strength, flexibility, concentration and ease. Hands-on adjustments are often given for correction, to facilitate awareness, stability and to guide a student beyond their perceived limitations. Advanced and beginner students practice together in the same space side by side. Mysore style
practice ultimately enables students grow and progress at a pace that is safe and ideal for their unique abilities.
From day one students learn how to practice on their own while being guided and supported by the teacher. A student left to their own devices will often plateau or conversely in a led class will become dependent. Mysore style is self practice under the watchful gaze of the teacher, adjusting when needed, advising as necessary, and advancing when ready. Students ideally learn discipline, concentration and how to practice in a way that is ideal for their unique nature. The Ashtanga vinyasa method is intended to be a daily practice.
The best way to learn Ashtanga yoga as a beginner is in a Mysore class. In this context beginners are taught individually and can be guided at a pace that is ideal for each student. It is not necessary to be flexible, strong, fit or have any yoga experience at all to join a Mysore class! In Mysore class all students receive one to one attention from the teacher. Students are taught new asanas and progress through the series appropriate to their unique condition and abilities. In this way the teacher can facilitate the ideal pace and practice for each student.
For people new to Ashtanga yoga we suggest four week commitment at 4 days per week.
The Mysore System
Asanas are taught usually one by one, and in a fixed sequence. If you have trouble with a particular posture, the teacher can offer you a modification or support that is consistent with the intention of the practice. Students always practice until their last given asana and then wind down with backbends and (if appropriate) finishing sequence. The teacher will give you the next posture in the sequence when they feels you are ready.
By The Teacher:
When you practice yoga in the Mysore room, it is important to wait for the teacher to teach you new asanas. The act of waiting gives your teacher the opportunity to teach you the posture correctly, specifically for you and to provide support. Waiting also is an opportunity to express respect for your teacher and the practice.
In a Mysore class students can expect to receive hands-on adjustments from the teacher. If you prefer not to receive adjustments please do not hesitate to inform the teacher. Generally as a student advances the need and desire for adjustments decreases and in fact most advanced students begin to find them a distraction. Adjustments are meant to correct alignment, form, overcome preconceived limitations, facilitate awareness, give stability and send students in the right direction physically and energetically. Students should not expect to receive adjustments everyday because this can foster over-dependence on the teacher. In the event that you receive an adjustment that is painful or uncomfortable you should always immediately inform the teacher. Please do not wait too long to receive an adjustment, there is always tomorrow and it is usually better to continue your practice than waiting too long and losing your concentration, energy, heat and flow.
In India, a student has only one teacher or guru, so there is no issue of which teacher is in charge. Here and in other countries, visiting teachers are often invited for workshops which provide a glimpse of what’s ahead and often inspiration. A visiting teacher may allow you to progress farther in the series than you have in your daily practice with your main teacher. However, your main teacher is usually the more accurate judge of the dedication and intention of your practice. It is usually better to follow their instruction when you return to your daily practice.
Commitment To The Practice
The practice starts at 6:30am. I The Ashtanga method is intended to be a daily practice and students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice 6 days a week, Traditionally, we practice every day except for one day for rest and Moon Days. It may be very difficult at first to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes time to establish this. Regular attendance is encouraged.
Drop-ins are fine for with an established practice.
Knowledge of the correct sequence of vinyasas and asanas is as much part of the practice as doing the proper asanas. If you do not know the sequence it is still ok to attend a Mysore class that it will not take you long to learn. In Mysore class it is expected and ok at anytime to ask for assistance or help from the teacher, especially if you are not sure or clear about the next asana or correct vinyasa. It is better to wait and ask then continue by guessing. Over time, you will memorize the flow of postures by doing them regularly in class under the guidance of your teacher. You will be surprised how quickly you can learn the sequence on you own and how quickly you will establish a practice that is truly your own.
Note the following
Mysore Practice: 6 days per week Monday to Saturday
• Monday Led Primary 8:00am and evening 19:30pm
• Morning Tuesday to Friday
7:00-8:30am finish 10:00am.
• Evening Tuesday to Thursday
19:15-19:50 and finish 21:00
• Saturday Led Primary 9:00am
Sundays no practice
Beginners may join but recommend to commit four weeks minimum and come everyday. We do not offer drop-ins for absolute beginners or trial classes.
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic and physically challenging style of yoga, whereby each movement is synchronised with the breath, and a set series of poses are linked in a constant flow.
This creates a detoxifying heat, and the consistency of this practice allows you to quickly improve your upper and lower body strength, flexibility and balance.
If you love routine, discipline, and working hard, this is a style of yoga suited to you!