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‘Mysore Style’ is how Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is traditionally taught in Mysore, India.
Mysore Style Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a traditional and individualised practice where students learn a series of postures at their own pace while being supervised and adjusted by a teacher. This method of teaching closely mirrors the ancient one-to-one guru-student relationship through which yoga was traditionally passed down from generation to generation. Although there may be many students in a class, each student is treated like an individual. Each students’ practice is based upon their physical ability, so it accommodates all levels – from the complete beginner to more accomplished students. Unlike a typical led yoga class where the teacher guides all students through the postures at the same time, in a Mysore class, the practice is silent and each student moves through the postures as they have learned them. Beginner students will likely have a much shorter practice than more experienced ones, and then slowly, when the teacher sees that the student is ready, additional poses are added to the routine, building stamina, strength, flexibility and concentration but without overexertion or risk of injury.
Key features of Mysore Style Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga:
Students practice the Ashtanga sequences at their own pace, allowing them to progress according to their own ability and understanding.
- Individual Attention:
The teacher assists, adjusts, and guides each student individually based on their needs, making it suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced.
Students are expected to memorise the sequence, which promotes a meditative flow, internal awareness, and self-reliance during the practice.
Regular and consistent practice is encouraged, fostering discipline, strength, flexibility, and endurance.
- Breath & Movement Synchronisation:
As with all forms of Vinyasa Yoga, breath and movement are synchronised, creating a dynamic and flowing practice.
The Mysore method allows for a deep, personal relationship between the student and teacher, fostering a deeper understanding and commitment to the practice. It’s a transformative approach that builds over time, offering profound physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.
Beginners often assume that ‘self-practice’ classes must be for more advanced students that know the sequence, this is not true. This unique yoga class is specifically designed to accommodate ALL LEVELS of yoga students, from ‘advanced practitioners’ to complete beginners.
Morning Mysore Classes
Suitable for ALL LEVELS (inc. complete beginners)
Morning classes are generally quieter, making them ideal for complete beginners to receive the attention required to build a practice day-by-day.
Introductory Mysore Courses
If you are new to yoga or new to Mysore Style self-practice, you may want to consider completing our short 6-week intro course. This course is designed to gently introduce you to the foundational postures, breathing techniques, and the unique rhythm of Mysore practice. With personalised guidance, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge to navigate the Mysore room with ease. By the end of the six weeks, you’ll not only have a solid grasp of the basics but also a deeper appreciation for the meditative flow and self-awareness that Mysore Style Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga offers. It’s the perfect stepping stone to embark on your Mysore journey.
Mysore classes are not 2-hr yoga classes. Most students do not need anymore than 90-minutes to complete their practice, and for beginners it is often 60-minutes. You arrive and start at ANY TIME up until 1-hour before the end of class (i.e. you are not required to arrive for the scheduled start time of the class). You can leave at any time up until the last 15-minutes when everyone will be in relaxation. We request that students finishing early plan to not disturb the last 15-minutes of class out of respect for their fellow students.
We would appreciate it if you read about Class Etiquette before attending class. This will help you to get the most out of each class you attend.
Mysore Yoga Classes
Moving into Mysore:
6wk Ashtanga Intro
The Perfect Introduction to Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga