The Mysore method is often called assisted or guided self-practice. It is not a group led class, so please familiarize yourself with this content if you're new to the Mysore format.
This method is ideal for beginners because they are instructed individually, one-on-one. The advantages of individual instruction are many, but notably for beginners, individual instruction creates a solid foundation from which to work.
Mysore class is the traditional teaching method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois for over 65 years at his school in Mysore, India. This unique style is the essence of the Ashtanga Yoga approach. Postures in the Ashtanga series are learned one-by-one, thus easily memorized, with students practicing at their individual pace measured by their own breath-rhythm.
The Mysore approach prevents stagnancy within the consistent sequence of Ashtanga, and thus the constantly evolving experience keeps students dynamic within their practice.The teacher provides individual instruction and assistance, tailoring the practice to specific needs of each student.
With guidance and hands-on adjustments, students receive the attention necessary to learn, work, and progress at an individual pace. With consistent attendance, more postures will be added to your existing practice. Working at the appropriate level, one-to-one with a teacher, is essential in developing a safe and fulfilling practice. Regardless of background, you will move deeper into the practice with consistent attendance, learning new postures as you retain and refine what you have been taught.
By combining students of mixed levels together everyone benefits from the group experience. This environment is unique to Ashtanga Yoga. Mysore classes cultivate the true spirit of yoga in your practice. It fosters a deep meditative state, regardless of one's ability or experience.
Though learning something new is not necessarily easy, learning Ashtanga Yoga in a Mysore class setting is simple. If you're new to Ashtanga, you'll be taught the Sun Salutations (a series of movements/postures that form the physical foundation of the practice) in your first class. You'll also be introduced to the three fundamental techniques which form the internal practice. Rather than a bombardment of information, you'll delve more thoroughly into a manageable amount.
As you practice more independently, you may begin your practice anytime during the class duration, so long as you finish by end of class.
If you're not new to Ashtanga, direct dialogue with the instructor on your first day of class will determine how best to integrate into this class format. On your first day of class, most likely you will practice only what you know by heart. There is no pressure to practice everything you have ever learned in previous Ashtanga classes.
Regardless of background, you move deeper into the practice with consistent attendance, learning new postures as you retain and refine what you learn. No expectations are placed on students in regards to "progress" in the practice. Students are always encouraged to practice at their own pace.
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