Disciplines: Mysore Self Practice – “Definition and Suggestions”


Thank you to YOGI LONDONER  Tara who suggested that we feature some Mysore self practice.

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The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition.

Many different centres offer this type practice, often in early morning classes, and it’s a great way to get a bit of yoga in before work.

It was first taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern and ancient Indian city of Mysore.  YOGI LONDON travelled to Mysore back in 2005 and thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught:

  • the class is not “led” as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting
  • students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace
  • the teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction
  • each student is given their yoga routine according to their ability
  • newer students tend to have a much shorter practice than do those with more experience. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student.
  • one advantage of the “Mysore” method is that, because it teaches yoga according to one’s individual capacity, it accommodates everyone of all levels even those without any prior yoga experience; and hence the class is neither too difficult nor not advanced enough for anyone.

Here’s Tara’s comments:

Ryan Spear is a great teacher at the Life Centre [Notting Hill] and also Michelle is fab for introducing beginners to it – as she teaches is in the tradiational way of learning a few asanas at a time.

 

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