Mysore Style

What is “Mysore Style”?
“Mysore Style” is the traditional method to learn Ashtanga Yoga the way it has been taught until 2009 by Guru Sri K. Patthabi Jois and since then by his grandson R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.

The set sequence of asana is being learnt in everyones own speed and capacity. Starting off with Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, that builds the foundation of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. After that there are added more asanas step by step, which enables to learn each posture individually and in the correct method and order to be then integrated in ones practice. In the beginning the practice will cover less positions and take less time – gradually it becomes more intense. This unique method is designed to build your own Yoga practice, in which you can grow individually and be supported the way needed. Over time you will develop a practice in harmony with your own breath.

One of Sri K. Patthabi Jois most famous quotes was “Practice, practice… and all is coming.” What brings progress is the regularity in practice only. You can integrate this personal “Self Practice” in your daily life no matter where you are.

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Benefits of this special method of learning Yoga?
Yoga Asana is a practice that you can only practice for yourself. “Mysore Style” allows this. You start a practice for yourself and develop your own, personal Yoga Practice that can’t be compared with anybody else’s. Every body is different. Every human is different. The breath of everyone is different. This is why the Yoga practice also should be different, individual. Focus on the inside. Distractions caused by the surroundings (“listening” due to a led class or “looking” due to the demonstration of asana) don’t have space.

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How does Mysore Class look like?
Beginners and advanced practitioners are practicing next to each other, each one in his own rhythm and intensity. By observing practitioners closely one can recognize the sequence. Everybody follows the same set sequence. The silence is another noticeable factor. Once in a while I will whisper something to a student, although the only constant noise is the unifying breath of all practitioners.

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What differes this method to others?

  • There is no „led“ instruction for all at the same time. Each practitioner is being taught the sequence individually within the group. It is like a private class within a group.
  • Practitioners are given guidance, support and adjustments.
  • Everyone learns the the sequence of asana, step by step with a technique that synchronizes breath and movement (Vinyasa). In this way everyone can practice within his own possibilities and progress in his own speed.

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How do I behave in a Mysore Class?

  1. Only bring things into the practice room, that you need for your practice. Your “sacred space” should always be clean and tidy.
  2. Physical hygiene is fundamental, if you practice Yoga. Your clothes as well as your mat and your body itself shall be clean. Don’t eat anything within the 2 hours before and 30minutes after the practice. Don’t drink anything within 20min before and after the practice. .
  3. Class starts with chanting the beginning mantra. Try to be there in time. If you arrive later, start yourself as well with the beginning mantra in silence.
  4. Respect the given sequence of the asana. Don’t add anything that has not been discussed and don’t miss anything out. Don’t bring the asana sheet into the room.
  5. Always inform about current injuries or physical difficulties, in case you are pregnant or on your cycle.
  6. Don’t try to enter a new asana, if it has not been given to you. Don’t ask for new asanas. Everything will come at the right time.
  7. If you need support/an adjustment, wait patiently if the teacher is helping someone else at that time. Bring your own towel, which can be used only for you for adjustments.
  8. Stay on your own mat and don’t intervene in others practices.
  9. Respect your limits and be true and careful to yourself. Your body and mind will change and feel differently every day. Listen to your body and practice with awareness in your own pace, while following your own breath.
  10. Don’t talk, if not necessary. Keep the sacred silence in the practice room.