Mysore Style Ashtanga
No classes on Moon Days (Full or New Moon).
Ashtanga yoga focuses on a specific sequence of postures (asanas), which are linked through movement (vinyasas) and breath (pranayama). The unique aspects to this practice include engagement of the internal locks (bandhas) and deep breathing (sometimes called “ocean breath”) which are used to assist the regulation of the flow of energy or life force (prana). Ashtanga is an athletic flow combining strength, flexibility and stamina for a complete practice.
Self practice with an Instructor assisting you. This class is taught as Ashtanga Yoga is taught in India, you are not cued through the class, you do your yoga practice while an instructor is present to assist you. Students practice the Ashtanga sequence of postures to their own ability and at their own pace. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments and verbal instructions. This is the best class to get individual attention during a class setting, and is the preferred form of practice!
Beginners are encouraged to come to Mysore in order start to develop a yoga practice. There is no experience required just an eagerness to learn. With this self paced system of learning the Ashtanga series you work at your pace with your teacher fine tuning the practice to your specific needs. In your first class, you will be taught sun salutations and possibly some standing poses. In subsequent classes, you will work on what you have been taught and postures will be added a few at a time. Ashtanga is a daily practice so the more you come the faster you can commit the sequence to memory and build a strong foundation. Due to the individualized attention you will get in the Mysore setting, I do not allow drop-ins for those new to Ashtanga or the Mysore style of practice. I offer two ways to experience the Mysore program, a one week or one month commitment.
For the one week commitment, the classes are early morning only starting Monday through Saturday. You are encouraged to come daily (6 consecutive days starting from Monday) for the week. The cost for this is $60.
For the one month commitment you are asked to attend class at minimum 3 times per week for the month. You may chose from any of the Mysore classes on the schedule Monday through Saturday. The cost for this is $99.
The current class schedule can be found here.
After you have completed your week or month commitment if you chose to continue you may pick from the class card offerings listed here. If you are not sure about learning the Ashtanga practice in a Mysore setting, you are more than welcome to come observe class and speak with a teacher. If you are interested in joining the Mysore classes I only take one or two new students in a week so you must contact me at email@example.com to set up a start date.
Private intro to Ashtanga sessions:
For those who are unable to do option 1 or would like to learn the basics in a more private setting before attending the regular Mysore classes. 4- 1 hour session commitment. Must be used within a 4 week time frame. The 4 sessions will be designed to meet your personal needs including but not limited to developing confidence to practice in a group setting, such as the Mysore room, working on specific postures/sequences that you are finding challenging, or help with healing from an injury. After the 4 sessions if you chose to continue you can pick from the class card offerings for the regular classes at the studio or continue with private lessons at your convenience. Offerings are listed here. This is one on one instruction in a private space completely tailored to whatever you would like to cultivate in your yoga practice. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability. Cost: $300 for 1 person: $400 for 2 people
We love visits from traditional practitioners who pass through town. If you practice daily, please check our calendar and email your proposed drop in dates. Mention your teacher’s name.
Otherwise drop-ins are not allowed
Note from the teacher:
I am here to help. If you get lost or confused about the correct sequence of postures, please let me know. I am only too happy to help, no matter how many times you need to ask. If you are new or accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn the Ashtanga sequence.
If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga postures, I encourage you to review and study the postures, but please do not bring the diagram to class. Over time, you will memorize the sequence.