We teach in the tradition of Sri Patthabi Jois, who introduced Ashtanga Yoga to the West from Mysore, India. Ashtanga Yoga is outwardly a dynamic, strong and flowing yoga practice. However, breath awareness is at the core of this practice and facilitates a strong internal focus, which creates the potential for transformation beyond the physical.
The majority of our Ashtanga classes are Mysore-style, where students memorise a sequence of postures over time. Regular practice is fundamental in this tradition. This method allows students of varying levels of experience and ability to practise at a level that is appropriate to their experience and needs. The practice is suitable for anyone and previous experience is not required.
Mysore classes are open to students of all levels. Students move through a sequence of postures at their own pace under the guidance of the teacher. This is the traditional way of practising Ashtanga Yoga. It allows the teacher to work with each student specifically, according to their needs.
If you are new to yoga or have limited previous experience, you may choose to attend an Ashtanga Intro course before joining the Mysore classes.
How does it work
Mysore classes have flexibile starting and finishing times within a fixed timeslot. Students typically arrive any time between 5.45 am and 6.15 am for the weekday morning classes and finish once they have practised the postures they've been given.
Initially students are introduced to a short sequence, which they repeat several times to memorise the postures. If you have completed an Intro course, you practice the postures you've been taught in that course. With time, the body remembers the sequence and the focus shifts to the breath which is an integral part of this practice. With experience the practice becomes a dynamic, moving meditation. Teachers continue to guide the development of a students practice and assist with postures by giving physical adjustments.
Morning Mysore classes will be cancelled on moon days (full & new moon), which are traditional rest days.
Conduct during practice
Ideally in a Mysore room all you hear is student's breath. Verbal instructions are kept to a minimum. A few simple guideliness help us make the Mysore room function well without disruption:
- Students are encouraged to enter the room and place their mat down quietly, to ensure others are not disrupted in their practice.
- Please don't wear any strong smells - chemical or natural :-)
- If the teacher is occupied with another student, please wait until they are finished before trying to attract their attention, if you need assistance.
- If you would like an adjustment but the teacher is busy, it's ok to pause your practice until they have time to help you.
- Try not to engage a teacher in conversation during class. We are happy to have a chat before or after class if you would like to discuss anything relating to your practice.