What is Mysore?
Mysore is the original style for teaching Ashtanga Yoga...the name is derived from Mysore, India where S.K. Pattabhi Jois created his school and began sharing Ashtanga Yoga with the world. Traditionally, yoga has been passed teacher-to-student, one-on-one. This is the concept behind Mysore classes...students move through the practice at their own pace and the teacher provides personalized instruction and adjustments, tailoring the practice to the individual student's needs. Since Mysore is not a led class, students can join class up to 30 minutes after the start time. Be mindful of the class times so you can complete the finishing postures as well as rest at the end of your practice.
What if I am new to yoga or just beginning my practice?
Mysore is great for all levels. If you are brand new to the Ashtanga practice, it’s recommended that you try some of our led Ashtanga classes first to learn the basic sequence of postures. And if you want to jump into Mysore, we welcome you! We ask that you contact us at the studio prior to your first class to chat with us about your level of experience and so we can set you up properly for your first Mysore class.
I can’t do Mysore…
Yes, you can! You don’t need to have ever posture committed to memory to participate in a Mysore class. If you are unfamiliar with the postures, we will provide you with a “cheat sheet” to get you started. When you have a question, ask the teacher. The beauty of Mysore is that you learn the practice one posture at a time, moving at your own pace...and will come away having a practice you can own for the rest of your life. Knowing the sequence and what posture comes next, keeps you more present during your practice and helps you experience the truly meditative nature of this healing practice.
Mysore Class Sessions: Sunday, 8:00-9:30am
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am, 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday, 9:00-11:00am and 5:00-6:50pm
THE ASHTANGA TRADITION
Ashtanga Yoga is a powerful and healing form of yoga that combines postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and focus (drishti) into a flowing, moving meditation. The word “Ashtanga” translates as “8-Limbed”...a step-by-step guideline for how to live a healthy, compassionate and transformative existence. From the ethical tenets of the “Yamas” (how we interact in the world) and “Niyamas” (how we interact with our Self), to asana, pranayama, and meditation, we are given tools to live a conscious life. The teachings of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga come to us through the late Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, his son Manju, daughter Saraswati and grandson Sharath, as well as our teachers in the West – David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, David Swenson, and many other senior teachers. We daily offer thanks to these wonderful teachers and their commitment to the process of a better life through Ashtanga Yoga!