Mysore Style Ashtanga
WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA?
Mysore-style Ashtanga is the traditional method of learning and practicing Ashtanga Yoga as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Unlike most yoga classes where the students practice in unison, here everyone works at their own pace. It’s a self practice in a group setting. The teacher gives individual attention to each student according to their needs (based on age, health condition, injury, flexibility, level of experience…) to ensure a safe, and sustainable practice.
The room is almost silent. The main focus is the breath and the meditative flow that comes from the practice.
HOW TO START YOUR MYSORE STYLE PRACTICE?
The teacher will assign postures to you in accordance with your ability. Beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As strength, flexibility, and concentration are gained, additional postures are given to the student.
If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, please let the teacher know. We are happy to help, no matter how many times you ask! If you are accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be encouraged by how quickly you learn to do yoga as a self-practice.
COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE
Traditionally, in the Ashtanga method we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days, which typically occur twice a month. New students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice at least 3 times a week for a month, it may be very difficult to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish discipline. Don’t be discouraged if you’re “only” practicing twice a week at first; your practice will grow.
If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga primary series postures, we encourage you to review and study the postures at home instead of bringing it to class. This allows you to learn the order of the postures more quickly and to place more focus on your breathing during class.
For additional questions about starting a this practice at The Studio Cleveland, email Sara Syed.