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 personal guidance and adjustments. We work with the ashtanga yoga sequences as a framework but try to help each practitioner find variations and adaptations that suit the particular individual. The teacher is there to share his or her experience, assist, offer help and answer questions/give advice and provide ideas for each practitioner to explore deeper in their practice. Classes are mixed level with beginners practicing next to more seasoned practitioners. Complete beginners are recommended to attend the foundation courses (see below). Please 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). Level 1 courses are aimed at beginners and those who want to learn the ashtanga yoga method from scratch, while Level 2 is suitable for those who have already taken a foundation course with us or at another yoga school and who want continue the guided class format at a slower pace. Students attending foundation courses may also attend Mysore style classes in parallell.
GUIDED CLASS full 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 unless the teacher invites them to continue. 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 the 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.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you get time to explore the sensations in your own body. It can be a good complement to other physical activities such as running or other more dynamic yoga styles. Yin yoga is great for those who feel particularly stiff.
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.
WORKSHOPS & SPECIAL COURSES:
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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.