What is Mysore Classes?
Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois is a challenging yoga practice and an opportunity for practitioners to grow physically and mentally, to become stronger and more flexible. This form of yoga is characterized by the dynamic practice of asanas in specified series and in line with the respiratory rhythm.
Mysore is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga, named after the city in India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga, lived. The system is now transmitted by Jois’ grandson, Sri Sharath Jois, at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
Some of the Benefits of a Mysore Practice:
* You can develop your meditation practice by following your own breath; Ashtanga is intended to be a moving meditation. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the breath and the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills.
* You get individual attention for the teacher; In any type of yoga, we come across poses or aspects of the practice that are difficult and challenging. In a led class, you may just skim over a difficult pose, but in Mysore style class you have the chance to work one-on-one with a trained teacher. Most people feel this individual attention helps their practice soar.
* There are fixed exercise sequences called "series”. Each series is a sequence of asanas, prepared for each individual to prepare for the next pose. The first series, "Primary Series" (in Sanskrit "Yoga Chikitsa") translates as yoga therapy. It is designed to support the body and nervous system to strengthen and healing processes. Through regular practice "prana" (life energy) can are activated.
* You can show up when it suits you. As long as you leave enough time to finish your full practice, you can come to Mysore class at any point. You don’t need to worry about rushing from work or home to get to class on time anymore.
8pm start on Tuesday and 7.45pm on Thursday (or come at 8:30 at the latest) finishing depending on how long you practice.
Class ends at 9:55pm at the latest. Studio Closes at 10pm.
Full Primary Series usually takes less than 2 hours.
First Tuesday of every month
Last Thursday of every month
(Please note that these dates might change depending on the teacher/studio schedule or any other external circumstances outside studio relating to the teacher)
IF YOU SIGN UP FOR A CLASS AND DO NOT WISH TO PRACTICE MYSORE PLEASE LET RECEPTION KNOW THIS.
Primary Series Download Cheat sheet
Download the Primary Series sequence
Sheets will be available at the Studio.
Bring to your Mysore class to start learning the sequence
and have fun!