"Asana practice has one meaning: to learn to sit in your own beautiful true nature."
- Maty Ezraty -
IS A TEACHING METHOD,
in which the practice of Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa Yoga is traditionally conducted 4-5 times a week, with 1-2 additional days dedicated to the 'Led Class' (a counted class in Sanskrit) format. Instead of a guided group class, in the Mysore Style each participant follows their own breath rhythm, their own pace, and a personalized variation of the series. This practice method originated in the southern Indian city of Mysore, where Sri K Pattabhi Jois, along with most other Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa Yoga teachers, including my teacher Vijay Kumar, taught and continue to teach.
Beginners and experienced practitioners practice side by side. Everyone is welcomed at their current level. The teacher can tailor instruction, guidance, and support to the individual student's needs, capabilities, and goals.
This teaching approach empowers students to deepen their personal practice, develop body awareness, and cultivate concentration and mindfulness. Attention turns inward, allowing for the emergence of a personal and independent practice, akin to meditation in motion. Additionally, the yoga routine can be performed at home or while traveling, as the series is learned and internalized autonomously.
The Mysore Style is suitable for individuals of all levels of experience and ages, as it is adaptable to individual needs. The only requirement is an interest to learn and practice.
In Mysore instruction, the start is flexible; you do not need to be punctual for the beginning. Arrive in a way that ensures you can complete your individual practice by the end of the session. If you are joining the Mysore class for the first time, let's coordinate your starting time beforehand.