What is Mysore ?
Mysore is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and is named after the city in India where Phattabi Jois lived. He was the dedicated teacher who developed and popularized Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as we know it today.
Mysore style is the heart of Ashtanga Yoga and consists of a self-led practice through a prescribed series of postures (also called asanas) within the Ashtanga system. This "self-practice" is performed under the guidance of highly experienced teachers, who help the student advance through the series by teaching new asanas when it is safe and appropriate to do so. In other words, in the Mysore method, students are met as individuals with personalized instruction
Mysore practice is for EVERYONE from BEGINNERS to MORE EXPERIENCED students. The teachers will work with you at your own pace to build an independent practice from the ground up. A relationship is cultivated with the teachers through this working partnership, which supports the growth and continued development of your practice. You will follow your own breath and deepen your meditation skills.
What are the benefits?
1. Flexible Start Time
You can come in any time that teachers are in the room. Our morning Mysore class starts at 6am and runs until 9 am. You can come any time after 6am, as long as you are finished your practice by 9am.
2. Individual Attention
Teachers will interact with you on a 1-on-1 basis to help and teach you the practice and progress you as required. This personalized assistance is tailored to the students’ individual needs, which happens less frequently in led classes where generalized instructions are given. You don't need to know anything to start either, if you are a BEGINNER this is the perfect setting to start your practice.
3. Work Around Injuries & Promote Healing
In a Mysore setting, teachers can show you modified postures that will help promote healing of old injuries, and prevention of new ones, by teaching you proper alignment.
4. Develop a personal practice
This is a much more personal and internal way of practicing yoga. When confronted with our own practice, we have to face distractions, discomfort and the wandering mind. But that's OK! You don't need to face this powerful challenge alone. The teachers will be there to support you during this process. Focus in feeling the breath, movement and intention – pay attention and cultivate awareness. This is a more meditative aspect of yoga.
What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a yoga system created by Sri. K. Phattabi Jois. He was an original student of Krishnamacharya, considered to be the Father of Modern Yoga ,along with others such as BKS Iyengar (creator of Iyengar yoga).
There are three groups of postures taught within the system. Students begin with the Primary Series or "Yoga Chikitsa" taught to purify and strengthen especially the physical body. Intermediate Series or "Nadi Shodana" purifies the nervous system and subtle body. The Advanced Series or "Sthira Bhaga" translates to strength and grace, requiring increasing levels of commitment and exploration of the internal and physical self.
In Ashtanga Yoga we use a three pronged approach or "Tristana". This includes a coordinated effort of postures "Asanas", correct breathing technique including "Bandhas", and a fixed gazing point "Dristi" to develop a deep well of self-knowledge and control of the senses. This practice uses "Vinyasa" or coordinated breath and movement to connect the postures and to produce internal heat that purifies the body and calms the mind.