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Ashtanga is accessible to everyone of all ages from individuals new to yoga to those who have been practicing for years. Instruction is given from teacher to student on an individual bases. Poses are added to an individuals practice as they gain strength and flexibility.
Mysore is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga, named after the city in India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga, lived. The lineage is now held by Jois’ grandson, Sharath Jois.
Mysore is for everyone who is willing and eager to start their own yoga practice. In the beginning you get a small portion of the Ashtanga Yoga sequence, adding poses as you and your teacher see fit.
Mysore times are open practice sessions. You can arrive anytime as long as you have time to finish prior to the end of session.
No, Mysore class is where you learn the poses from the teacher. You will learn the sequence and commit it to memory as you progress through the practice, developing your own personal spiritual practice.
Mysore Classes are the best place to start. As a beginner you are the most important person in the room. The teacher helps guide you safely through the Ashtanga Yoga sequence. Taking pieces of the practice a little at a time to aid you in building the strength and flexibility you need to continue your Ashtanga journey.
Ashtanga Yoga is the eight-limbed path of traditional practice. Asana, the practice of yoga postures, is one limb on the traditional path of yoga. Sri K Pattabhi Jois believed asana to be the limb which, when practiced correctly, with dedication, and a good intention, awakens the practitioner to all other limbs of yoga. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga, as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, is a system of asana practice which purifies, strengthens and provides stability for the body and mind. The practice utilizes Tristhana, the three places of attention or action. They include the yoga posture, the breathing system and the gazing point. In order for the student to move forward in the practice attention must be given to tristhana. It is this cultivating of attention in practice, the training of the mind, which begins to awaken a connection to the Self, or that which is beyond the ego-centered definition of the body and mind. This Self-Realization is the ultimate goal of any yoga practice.
Being flexible, strong or fit is not a requirement for starting a yoga practice. It is the goal of all of the teachers at The Yoga Shala to meet students exactly where they are as they begin a practice, and to assist the student along the path of yoga with compassion and intelligence. All are welcome.
“Ashtanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga” —Sri K Pattabhi Jois