“Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.”  Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

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MYSORE STYLE YOGA

The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught:

* The class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting

* Students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace 

* The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction

In Mysore style students learn the fixed order of asanas using a specific movement-breathing technique called ujjayi breath. Through vinyasa, there is continuity via the breath from asana to asana. In the Ashtanga sequence, each asana builds from the previous – and prepares for successive – asanas.

 In Mysore room everyone is working differently.  Advanced and beginning students practice side by side.  This is because the practice is introduced like a prescription, systematically and individually based on physical, mental and energetic appetite and aptitude. 

Another distinguishing and very important element to this practice is silence.  By removing any and all external assistance to bolster or provoke, the practitioner works with their natural state of mind and being, free of external stimuli.  It is in this most genuine and sincere relationship between the body, mind and spirit that the practitioner can recalibrate and transform the internal compass. 


This method also teaches independence allowing the student to take full responsibility for their practice.  Practitioners can often fall into ruts and eventually plateau.  Similarly in a led class environment students may become dependent on an external source to provide sequencing instructions, emotional cues, etc. further deepening dependence on external stimuli.  In the Mysore room you are working directly with the teacher under their watchful eye.  The teacher will adjust the student as needed, will advise when necessary, and will advance the student when appropriate. The Ashtanga vinyasa method – as is any hatha yoga practice – is intended to be a daily practice. Traditionally, practice takes place every day except for Saturdays and full & new moon days which occur about twice monthly.

 

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