Ashtanga Yoga is a method from South of India of practicing postures (asanas) in a therapeutic fixed sequence where every movement is synchronized and led by the breath.
A Mysore class is the traditional way in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught. The class is not "led" as a whole, but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class. Students build their practice by learning the fixed order of asanas one at a time, combining movement with breathing. Each student is given a yoga routine according to their current ability. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional asanas are added to the student sequence.
Ashtanga Yoga is intended to be a daily practice and, traditionally, practiced 6 days a week, except for full or new moon days. Moon days are rest days.
What to expect on your first class?
On their first day, new students are guided through a short sequence of poses to work on, usually Surya Namaskara (sun salutation), then the closing sequence. They will be guided thoroughly on the proper synchronisation of breath and movement, the postures, and the gazing points. The sequence will be repeated a couple of times until the students can manage doing it on their own. In the succeeding visits, they will do the sequence they were taught, and are given additional postures to practice.
Mysore class is basically a guided self practice class where students move through the sequence slowly, at their own pace, individually supervised and assisted by a teacher. Think of it as a private session, where you get personalized instruction, but with the energy of a group class.
Mysore class is for everyone. It is for the experienced, and most especially for beginners. No prior yoga experience required.
We offer Ashtanga Mysore practice 5 days a week (except for full and new moon days) at Love Yoga. The studio is open for the Mysore practice fro 5:30am to 8am. You may show up any time between 5:30am and 7:30am to start your practice. See you there!