Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois combines a precise sequence of postures with a controlled breathing technique “Ujjayi Pranayama”. Ashtanga Yoga builds strength, flexibility, and radiant health and well-being. It is characterized by Vinyasa, the synchronized flowing movement of body and breath that connects the postures in a seamless continuity of practice. As the body detoxifies, a strong purifying sweat may be produced. The organs are toned, and flexibility and strength are gradually increased. Breathing is deepened. With regular practice over time, inner qualities are cultivated as well. The practice is demanding and the rewards are great.
Many Ashtanga Yoga students have experienced improvement or total healing of old injuries and chronic conditions. Many students have shared that Ashtanga Yoga has changed their lives, freeing them from old patterns of depression, worry and anxiety. Ashtanga Yoga builds well-being, confidence, courage, enthusiasm and joy.
Mysore is a city in Karnataka, South India where Ashtanga yoga has been taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the oldest living teacher of this style of yoga, since the 1930's.
“Mysore-style” practice is an environment geared towards all levels of practice. This is not a led class as each individual is given specific help based on need. This class includes one on one instruction with a small number of practitioners participating at various ranges of ability. Participants practice the sequence from memory at their own pace. Knowledge of the system of Ashtanga is not required and beginners are more than welcome to attend. Help from the instructor will be given to new students who do not have the sequence memorized. There are some differences from the usual way in which yoga is taught:
This is the way yoga is taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, South India which is why it has become known as "Mysore Style" teaching – it is like receiving a private class in a group setting with all levels practicing at their own pace, but at the same time.
Commitment & Dedication
The most important aspect of Mysore-style practice is not the ability to do the postures - it's making the commitment to attend classes regularly and establish a dedicated practice. The benefits of yoga come quickly when you develop a steadfast, dedicated practice, even if you cannot yet do the postures correctly. A Mysore practice is developed slowly over days, weeks and years so that the student is able to memorize the sequencing and the body is gradually able to adapt to the postures.
“Practice and all is coming”
- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
"Then there are those moments that make it all worthwhile. I’m carried on my breath like a leaf on the wind: folding, arching, twisting, bending, leaping lightly from one posture to the next.
My body tingles with energy; my mind is quietly absorbed in the hypnotic rhythm of practice. The poses seem strung on the breath like prayer beads on a mala; I enter each one to the best of my ability, savoring the silky stretches, the pleasurable ache of muscles taxed to their edge."