We invite all residents for a first class. Please see the Schedule to select the best day/hour for you to attend a Mysore Style class.
The first class should preferably be Mysore Style, because the student will be able to receive individual guidance within a group setting according to his rhythm and capacity.
Led Classes in Ashtanga are taught in a continuous style. New students should attend Mysore Style classes and learn the fundamentals of the Ashtanga system before joining Led Classes.
You may read more below about the Ashtanga Yoga system, Mysore Style and Led Classes.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is an ancient system that was taught by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. The text was later passed on to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and then passed to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois during his 25 years of study with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927.
The practice combines breath, movement, gazing, and internal holds in a dynamic series of flowing postures that cultivate physical, mental, and spiritual health. The system has been refined to yield these results for all who have the will to practice.
To learn more about the history of Ashtanga, see http://kpjayi.org/the-practice
Who should practice?
Ashtanga yoga is an adaptable system that can improve anyone’s life. As a self-practice, Ashtanga provides a framework to guide each practitioner through a deep cleansing and strengthening process.
Ashtanga is practiced by people from all walks of life and various professions, including businessmen and women, athletes, dancers, and artists. If you are drawn to try, the practice will welcome you.
"Whether young or old, weak or strong, one who is dedicated to practice finds success through yoga " Hatha Yoga Pradipika-i: 64A
Mysore style is the traditional method of teaching, learning, and practicing Ashtanga yoga. Classes are given in an open form where each practitioner moves at their own pace. It is a system of individual guidance within a group setting.
Each student learns the Ashtanga series of poses in a progressive format, beginning with Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutations. After sufficient practice and repetition where the quality of breath and movement along with memory of the postures is accomplished, new poses are added to the students practice. The Ashtanga system is composed of six extensive series. Students gradually add additional poses to their practice as they progress.
The led class is a guided session where all students practice together following the Vinyasa count led by the instructor. The Ashtanga Vinyasa system is based on synchronized movement and breathing. The led class is guided with the traditional Sanskrit count of Vinyasa so that each student learns the methodic rhythm of the practice. The led class covers the full primary series. Each student should participate through the number of poses in their current practice, following the guidance of the instructor.
Preparing for Class
Comfortable clothes that do not restrict movement and allow for perspiration are advised. Practice is done barefoot and students should remove watches or jewelry before beginning.
It is important to empty your bladder and bowels before practice. Taking a shower before practice is advised. Students should avoid the use of perfumes or makeup during practice.
Maintaining a clean mat and basic hygiene is important to the practice and shared space of the shala.
Pain and Injuries
Each student should share with the instructor any pain or previous injuries. The practice is a self-guided study and it is each individual student’s responsibility to be aware of and adapt around pain and injuries.