Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta.In the early 1900’s Sri T. Krishnamacharya was given the Yoga Korunta by his Guru Rama Mohan Bramachari. This text was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during his studies with Krishnamacharya around 1927.
Ashtanga Yoga is taught in two ways, Led and Mysore. Led class is where all students perform the same sequence at the same pace and the teacher calls out the cues. Mysore is where each student receives individual instruction and practices a customized sequence at his or her own pace.
Ashtanga Mysore-Style FAQ
Do I need to know the sequence to practice before attending Mysore?
Being unfamiliar with the sequence can feel intimidating to a student new to to Ashtanga Mysore style, however this is what makes Mysore so unique. The teacher guides the student through the sequence pose by pose, thereby allowing you to grasp the practice at your own pace.
Am I expected to practice the entire class time?
No. Beginners practice around 20-30 minutes at first, working up to an hour-long practice, then an hour and a half practice.
How often should I practice?
Traditionally practice is 5-6 days a week, taking off 1 day and moon days. If the traditional daily practice seems unrealistic for you, 3 days a week is a great way to stay consistent with the practice.
What are the benefits of Mysore?
You can drop in at anytime during the open Mysore class time. Students must complete their practice by the scheduled end time.
Following the breath is the most important part of the practice, meaning you go at your own pace. This is especially beneficial for students with injury, health concerns, or who are new to practice.