Welcome to Mysore Philadelphia!
We are a traditional Ashtanga Yoga program located in Philadelphia. We are located inside of Philadelphia Yoga Exchange. Our program is directed by Authorized Level 2 teacher Meghan Kirk. Meghan and the assistant teachers at Mysore Philadelphia are all dedicated to teaching the practice of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by R Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.
Our goal at Mysore Philadelphia is to share Ashtanga Yoga in an accessible and joyful environment. We believe that when taught correctly, meaning with care and with the individual student in mind, that everyone can benefit from this practice. We look forward to meeting you!
Mysore Philadelphia will be closing for the next 2 weeks in response to the Covid 19 outbreak in the US. I have made the decision to close in step with the school district after serious consideration. Given the relatively cloe quarters in which we do our collective practices staying open right now feels to me more like Himsa than Ahimsa. All passes will be paused and (as of now) we will resume classes on Sunday, March 29th. During this time I will keeping a close eye on the news and will re-evaluate as more information becomes available.
The fact of the matter is that most of us are very healthy and if we were to be infected by the virus we would likely have a milder case and recover, but these precautions are not about the healthy, the well employed, warmly housed, and adequately insured. For now, those of us who can withstand losing a week or two of work, who do have healthy bodies that can rebound from infection and who do have access to the resources to stock our pantries and see a doctor when we need to have an opportunity to truly practice yoga. By seeing ourselves as part of the whole we can undertake these measures (challenging as they may be) to protect the most vulnerable among us. I've spoken to various members of the community and I know so many of you feel this way as well, which is why I am so grateful to spend my mornings with you.
If you are being negatively impacted in a way that feels overwhelming please feel free to reach out, if only for some additional emotional support. Personally I see this as the time to lean into my practice and use the Yamas and Niyamas as my North Star. I you feel called to do the same and I can support you in any way please reach out.
I hope to see you all in 2 weeks. In the meantime DO YOUR PRACTICE. Short and gentle or long and fiery - it doesn't matter. Just make it to your mat and observe how all of this uncertainty is affecting you. The act of noticing is incredibly powerful and in times like these those of us with a dedicated practice are incredibly fortunate to have that support built in, so use it!