Following the success of the classes in 2012. We are delighted to be continuing to teach Mysore-style classes in S11! We are running small classes at times/days that suit you!
Please contact Nicola for pricing and further details.
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga (also called Ashtanga Vinyasa) is based on a systematic sequence of yoga poses (asanas) taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. This practice focuses on synchronization of breath with the continuous flow of movement. It is a vigorous practice that builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. Self practice is suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners.
Many describe the Mysore-style class as a private class in a group environment. The class allows each student to work at their own pace and rhythm.
So what makes the class a Mysore-style class?
A Mysore-style Ashtanga class is an all level, self-paced Ashtanga practice. Students are taught the classic Ashtanga sequences pose-by-pose. The teacher gives the student the poses as and when they are ready and the teacher assists and adjusts practitioners according to their individual needs.
How do you learn the sequence?
In Mysore style classes each student is given their practice (their part of the sequence) according to their ability, one pose at a time. So everyone starts with suryanamaskar A then B and so on. In led classes, whilst not a bad thing, everyone has the same poses to do at the same time, regardless of ability, but this can slow their individual progress down as there is not so much opportunity for working 1-2-1 with students.
How long will my practice be?
Since each posture is designed to prepare you for the rest of the series, beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As they gain strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, the student is given additional postures. At first your practice may only be an hour long, but with time it could build up to 2 hours plus.
I'm a total beginner; will I be ok in a Mysore-style Ashtanga class?
Yes, in the West, people are accustomed to learning a lot of postures at once, such as in most led yoga classes. The downside is that some postures may be inappropriate for certain students at that time in their yogic lifecycle. The advantage of the Mysore-style format is that it is for everyone because it teaches yoga according to one's individual capacity. From the very first day of your practice you become familiar with the foundations of yoga practice: breath, gaze and internal supports (bandha).
My memory isn't the best; how will I know what to do?
If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, you should let your teacher know at any point during the practice. If you are new to Ashtanga or accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn to do yoga as a self-practice!.
If Ashtanga is meant to be a daily practice, when do you rest?
The Ashtanga method is intended to be a daily practice and students are encouraged to commit to practice at least 3 times a week. Traditionally, we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days (full & new) which occur about twice monthly. It may be very difficult at first to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish this. So don't be discouraged if you're "only" practicing twice a week at first.
What advantages lie in practicing Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga?
Students gain flexibility, strength, stamina, concentration, and general well-being. Each series works on a different aspect of the physical and energetic body. The primary series, the first series undertaken in Ashtanga Yoga, is considered to be a therapeutic practice and works on purifying the organs, toning the core of the body, and opening the hips and shoulders. As well, since the practice is self-paced, students can tailor each day's practice to their needs and the changing conditions of life. The individualized instruction from the teacher allows each student to deepen their natural gifts in the practice, as well as rise to whatever challenges are present and move to entirely new levels of yoga asana and energetic integration.