Mysore Ashtanga Yoga is the name for a dynamic and challenging sequence of poses that link movement with the breath. The practice was taught for over sixty years by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois — or Guruji, as he was lovingly called by his students — of Mysore, South India. Guruji taught out of his home and never turned away an earnest student that sought his guidance and teaching.
The traditional style of learning in this practice is called “Mysore style”. In a Mysore class new students are instructed individually, not guided as a group. They are taught one or two poses each class in order to commit the sequence to memory and move at a pace that is appropriate to each individual. Only when these poses are correct will the next pose be added on.
The Mysore class start time is flexible, and students may arrive at any point during the allotted class time that gives them time to do their full practice. For example, if the practice takes about an hour they can arrive at 6 and be done by 7, or arrive at 7:30 and leave by 8:30.
Mysore classes are suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. When done properly, under the guidance of a qualified teacher, the poses strengthen, purify and align the body and mind.
A Mysore style practice is one way to take your practice to another level. You can work safely on advanced postures and concepts at a pace that is appropriate for you rather than following a group class structure.
Students who have never done a Mysore practice are welcome to drop by and observe a class. Students who are new to Ashtanga are asked to commit to one month of practice; doing a single “drop-in” is discouraged, since it is difficult to get a full sense of what the class is supposed to be like from only one visit.
New students can expect their first class to last between 30-45 minutes.