Mysore style of yoga practice is a particular way of practicing yoga. The time frame has a flexible start and finish, students can choose the duration and intensity of their practice. Mysore practice is the traditional way of teaching Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. The class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. Students learn postures at a pace they can integrate into their body and remember for practice next day. The teacher assists each student individually as needed.
Students learn the asanas (postures) using a specific movement-breathing technique. This is vinyasa, there is continuity of the breath from asana to asana. In the Ashtanga sequence, each asana builds from the previous – and prepares for successive – asanas.
Each student is assisted to develop a routine according to their ability and needs. Newer and beginner students tend to have a much shorter practice than those with more experience. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional asanas are given and the practice can gets longer and in many cases, more vigorous.
The structure of the class depends on the teacher being able to keep track of what every student is doing. If students attempt something out of sequence, the teacher is less able to help in the appropriate way. If a student has trouble with a particular asana, the teacher can offer a modification that is consistent with the intention of the practice. Once a student is given a new asana, they practice their sequence up to that asana, then do backbends (if appropriate) -backbending is the pinnacle, not a part of the winding down or finishing sequence. Then the closing sequence, for beginners this consists of a short seated focused breathing followed by rest.
The Ashtanga vinyasa method – as with all hatha yoga practice – is intended to be a daily practice. Traditionally, practice takes place every day except for Saturdays and full & new moon days.
What is different from Yoga ore compared to other core classes? Connecting with your breathing and appropriate level of challenge. We love offering options so you can keep increasing the intensity to the next step as long as you can breathe and be steady in your body. No pain in the joints, but shaking muscles encouraged. The aim is the quality movement without compromising healthy alignment.
Wind down this practice with 5 to 10 minutes or Pranayama and/or Meditation and at least 5 minutes of rest. Ideal for those not making time for this at home or as a daily practice. Some classes will utilize specific breathing patterns or pranayama prior to or instead of meditation. If you have a favorite meditation technique or style, you are welcome to practice it during this time.
Meditation…Generally, we accept that meditation is sitting quietly with a focused and calm mind. Meditation would be the state a person is in when the mind is completely present. For most of us, this is not possible in the beginning, but the benefits of working on it are immense! In this class, you will be guided through one of many techniques to focus the mind. There are many methods to concentrate the mind towards a state of meditation, yoga or complete union. Join us for your practice today.
Ashtanga Primary series, also known as 1st Series.
Led Primary is a class following the sequence Sri K. Pattabhi Jois began sharing with his students in 1948. Linking each breath with a movement and each posture to the next with breath and focus. See the ABOUT page with links to thorough information on this lineage.
This class is for students familiar with Sun Salutations and the standing postures. Students learning the Primary Series will stop at the posture they have not learned and do the closing sequence and rest. Students regularly practicing full primary will be led through the entire Primary series and closing sequence.
Please your instructor if you have any questions.
Journey to Handstand with yoga... and plenty of shoulder stability exercises, wrist warm-up, and core strengthening. The range of movement in the shoulder is needed to have the alignment, strength is needed to maintain the alignment and stay in a handstand. We will work with several methods to prepare the strength and mobility of the body to approach and practice arm balances. Join us! Bring two small towels please.
6 people for 6 weeks = transformation and camaraderie.
Truly start your New Year off with a trans-formative yoga practice.
Limited to 6 students, committed for 6 weeks to practicing weekday mornings learning a clear step by step method of yoga.
You will be coached daily on the mat, immersed in an existing and supportive yoga community, and get weekly emails with helpful information. It’s an individual practice but you are not alone in the process. ALL students are welcome.
Week 1, Monday through Thursday meet at 5:30 am for yoga practice. You will be done within 45 minutes to an hour.
Fridays, meet at 6:00 am for Led Primary series, again you will likely be done within 45 minutes (unless you have prior yoga experience, you may enjoy practicing longer)
Week 2-6, practice Monday through Thursday anytime between 5:30 am and 7:30 am. Your practice may get longer week by week but that is not essential. Daily practice is most important.
Start January 14th and end February 24th. Missed classed can be made up on the weekend by attending any of the drop in classes. MLK day and Presidents' day will have a later or optional practice 8-10am.
$243 ($231.43 + tax = $243)