What is Mysore Style Practice?
Mysore style practice is named for the city of Mysore in South India where yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived and taught Ashtanga Yoga. Mysore style is the traditional way to learn the Ashtanga system. This style of teaching allows students to receive personalized, individual instruction from the teacher while learning at their own pace. In the beginning new students receive a lot of attention and support. As students become familiar with the practice they become more independent and receive instruction and assistance only as needed.
What if I’m new to Ashtanga or I don’t know the Primary Series?
The teacher will guide you through, teaching you pose by pose and giving you support as you begin to memorize the series. There is no need to be nervous; our teachers and our community are extremely welcoming and we were all new at one time ourselves.
Should I start with a Led Primary class?
Led Primary is a very fast paced, challenging practice, with very little guidance. It is not an ideal environment for someone to learn the series. This is the place where students already working on some or all of the series begin to learn the vinyasa count (the coordination of movement with breath). It’s a very useful class once you’ve been practicing for a few weeks. The teacher will let you know when it is time to join the led practice.
How much time should I allot for my first class?
About one hour. New students will talk to the teacher for a few minutes before they begin practice to ask questions and inform the teacher of injuries. Afterwards, they will be given the opportunity to watch the other students practice for about 15 minutes to get familiar with the way the room is run. The actual physical practice will be short the first day – 15 to 30 minutes depending on the individual, including some seated breathing poses. Afterwards you will lie down and take a rest before heading out.
I'm stiff, not strong or out of shape
No problem! Ashtanga is a a practice that will meet you where you are. Pattabhi Jois said anyone can do this practice: stiff people, flexible people, young people, old people, weak people, strong people. The only people he said couldn’t do this practice? Lazy people!
I have to go to work in the morning. Is it possible for me to practice still?
Absolutely. Ashtanga is a practice for "householders", those of us who are engaged actively in raising families, working in careers and participating in their communities. Once you have a small portion of the series memorized you will be able to arrive as early as needed to start your practice. We have a shower available, dressing areas, and students may store personal care items at the studio.
What if I have an injury?
Please speak to the teacher before you begin practice. Just because you are recovering from an injury doesn’t limit your ability to practice yoga. There are many, many ways to take practice and modify to accommodate for injury.
How many days a week should I practice?
The tradition recommends 5-6 days a week, taking one rest day and then an additional rest day on the new or full moon. Just remember that a practice can be long or short and they don’t always have to occur in the studio (although we’d love to have you with us 6 days per week!) Either way, it’s the consistency that counts. Making time to meet yourself each day. If you are unable to do your full practice on a given day then doing 5 Sun Salutation A and 3 Sun Salutation B, followed by the three seated breathing postures (we will teach them to you!) and a rest counts. Please speak to one of our teachers to discuss how you can make a daily practice work for you. This is a life time practice and our goal is to help you cultivate a consistent and joyful daily practice that you can do for the rest of your life.