ASHTANGA YOGA PRACTICE
Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga
Mysore is the style in which Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught and practiced. It is the only true all levels yoga class. This style of class is self-paced and each student is taught individually.
The Mysore room is an open space for the student to come practice at any point during the allotted hours. During the student’s practice, he or she will be taught to follow direct sequencing from the Ashtanga Yoga series from beginner to advanced. The Ashtanga posture sequences will be taught to the student directly from the teacher one-on-one. As the student gains more independence in the practice, guidance and adjustments are given by the teacher when needed. This allows your practice to constantly refine and deepen.
What to expect as a beginner in Mysore class
As a beginner, you’ll be taught the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga practice one-on-one. You’ll learn what forms the foundation of the practice in small manageable pieces. You will be guided through basic posture sequences while learning to synchronize your breath with movement. Your first few classes will only be around 20-30 minutes. With regular attendance, your practice will gradually increase in length. New students always receive the most attention during class so you’ll never be left on your own. Over time the fundamental sequence of postures are learned and memorized. The teacher will then slowly add new postures to your practice as you progress.
Led Ashtanga Classes
Led Ashtanga classes are taught in the traditional sanskrit count. There is no music and the student is expected to have some knowledge of primary series before attending. If you currently are not finished with primary series before attending a led class, please stop at your last posture and wait for closing on your mat. For your safety please do not try new postures in led. It is advised that you wait for mysore to learn new postures.
*Led classes will also include opening and closing chants
Do I have to be advanced or know the sequence to come to Mysore?
All levels are welcome! You can come without knowing anything about yoga. The teacher will start you from the very first pose on your first class.
How many times a week should I practice?
It is recommended to practice five to six days per week, ideally at the same time each day. Practice is best done in the early morning. The reason behind morning practice is it allows for an empty stomach, a clear head and well-rested body and mind.
If a daily commitment to practice is impossible, practicing at least three days a week will still bring benefits! All levels of commitment are welcome. Start where you can and work up to a higher level of commitment as you feel compelled.
How often should I practice led on top of my mysore practice?
Traditionally, within a six day a week practice, one has five days of mysore practice and one day of led. The last practice day (Friday) is typically for led primary.
When should I not practice?
We don’t hold classes on Saturdays and traditionally we take off practice on full moon and new moon days.
The Ashtanga practice is a prescription and used to heal the body and mind. With that being said, it is a very challenging practice. Students should expect to experience body soreness. The only time one should not practice is if he or she has a fever or she is on her cycle. With injury or common sickness, keep practicing but inform the teacher to decide if a modification to your practice needs to be made.