Mysore style is the traditional form of teaching and practicing Ashtanga yoga. It’s the way Ashtanga yoga was (and still is) originally taught in Mysore, India. The participants practice at their own pace and according to their own ability whilst the teacher gives individual guidance and adjustments. The Ashtanga sequences (there are six in total) are taught pose by pose. When the teacher sees that the student is ready, the next asana (posture) is added (beginners start with a relatively short practice). Each asana builds from the previous, and prepares for successive asanas. Classes are mixed level with beginners practicing next to more seasoned practitioners. Complete beginners are recommended to attend the beginners courses (see below). Please also consult the FAQ and General practice advice for more information.
Beginner’s courses cover the basics of Ashtanga yoga starting with a short introduction to yoga philosophy followed by a gradual learning of the Sun Salutations, the standing asanas (postures), part of the Ashtanga yoga primary series as well as finishing postures. Focus is particularly put on linking breath and movement in the so called vinyasa system. We also learn about Bandha (energy locks in the body) and Drishti (focus). Students attending beginners courses may also attend Mysore style classes in parallell.
GUIDED CLASS full (or half) primary series:
The teacher leads the class by using Sanskrit count and English and guides the students through the sequence without interruption. No detailed instructions other than for in and exhalation and the Sanskrit names of postures are given. Students are asked to stop at their last posture and wait until the finishing sequence. Contrary to Mysore style everyone begins and ends the class together and all participants are thus asked to come on time for class. The class covers full or half Primary Series (consult the schedule for details) of Ashtanga yoga. Not suitable for complete beginners.
An open class without a present teacher or adjustments. Students who have seasonal/monthly cards may come and use the studio to practice on their own. Experience of Mysore style practice is necessary. If you wish to attend please contact us to receive instructions before coming.
Chanting is an essential part of yoga practice. We learn some basic traditional vedic chanting and the Patanjali Yoga Sutra. The mantras are learnt through “call and response” where the teacher chants first and the students repeat. Classes are open to all.
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PRIVATE AND CORPORATE TUITION:
We also provide private yoga classes one-to-one, and corporate tuition at your office. We tailor the cass according to your needs. Please contact us for more information.