Mysore is a type of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in a self-practice setting with an experienced practitioner there to help. Perhaps You can think of it as a room where everyone is quietly learning their part for the Nutcracker suite and the conductor goes around and provides help and where students come and go as their schedule allows... i.e. practice could be anywhere from 10 min-2 hrs. and frankly I don't care how long it is but feel strongly that if you take 10 mins you'll very likely be able to make a practice that supports your day and life. It is named after....well Mysore, India where the practice originated as I learned it from my teachers. In this class students to receive individual instruction while learning the Ashtanga yoga practice. All levels are welcome from new beginners to advanced practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of the practice. Not unlike my garden veggies, In the beginning, new students receive more nurturing. As they become familiar with the practice, they are allowed more independence, getting adjustments and assistance only when needed or asked for.
Since Mysore class is self-paced, students are not limited to the pace and rhythm of a led class or an instructor. led classes are a great way to learn about the breath, vinyasa, and community, Mysore style is where you follow your own breath to deepen the meditative aspects by framing your practice on your own mat. In a led class, you may just skim over a new or difficult pose, but the Mysore style provides a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with the teacher to progress and experience the benefits of yoga practice. The Ashtanga system is however best considered by incorporating both styles of learning (mysore and counted primary). Most seasoned 'ashtangis' prefer mysore which might be all the more reason to do led. I have been trying to learn (albeit slowly) the piano and it is a little like practicing with a metronome (led lclass)..I don't love it but know it's good for me. in short, Most beginners kinda feel at home in led and need mysore style and most "seasoned" ashtangi folk favor the Mysore style practice and need led (similar to Vipassana and shamatha meditation). Point is - practice and be willing to get surprised daily.
Absolutely not! Mysore class is where students are meant to learn the series. The teacher will guide you through the series pose-by-pose; teaching Surya Namaskara first and leading each student through the practice based on their personal needs.
In your first class, you will learn the basic techniques for breathing and movement (often referred to as vinyasa) – and be guided through the opening and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. Your first practice may only be 20 to 30 minutes long and will gradually build over time . As long as you leave enough time to finish your full practice, you can come to Mysore class at any point. Adding postures one at a time, is the safest and most effective way to learn allowing you to gain proficiency in that posture before advancing to the next. As you gain strength, stamina, and flexibility, poses are added onto the sequence. Undertaking a new posture before you are ready may lead to injury or imbalance in the body. For that reason, students are taught little-by-little and at a rate appropriate for each person individually. In subsequent classes, new postures will be added to what was learned. Thus, over time, the length of your practice will gradually increase according to your ability.
Whatever learning experience you're after it might be worth looking into someone that has dedicated alot of time (intensity, magnitude, duration) into that field. If that person has studied with those that have delved deeper than anyone you have heard of all the better. being a student requires sacrifice. ideally your instructor has a teacher and as such continues to sacrifice/or willing to "not know"! choose wisely. be patient and look again. kindness is also very important. An impartial and knowledgeable teacher is helpful to guide you through the practice and help your determine when you are ready for the next posture. The teacher provides assistance on how to approach the postures in a safe manner by offering experience from their own daily practice. In addition, the teacher can help to hold you accountable and encourage you to work at your full potential. Why do you offer classes so early in the morning? In the early morning, sattva guna is most prevalent lending to an ideal time for a meditative practice. At this hour, the mind is alert, focused, and peaceful. The stillness and calmness of your inner being is mirrored by the outside world. Waking early in the morning also helps to maintain good health.
I, my teachers, and the texts all the way from 2000 years back recommend that if you want to see change one should practice regularly over a long period of time with effort (YS 1.14). I could be snarky and say "Reckon my teachers are not as advanced as you so they need to practice regularly" but that just makes me sound like a jerk so I'll let you figure out what's working for you. wish I could say there were a weekend workshop, a quick fix or laws knows a pill. Perhaps it might be helpful to think of it as cultivating a habit of brushing your teeth, showering, or in 'tougher cases' wearing orthodontic braces or "training a tree" . This is important to also note that there are not sudden changes but slow micro movements that do not cause so much trauma. Typically, Ashtanga is practiced six days a week, with 1-2 of the classes being led.
Ideally, practicing five to six days per week is recommended, even at the beginning, taking only a few days off per week to allow the body to rest (traditionally, women rest for 3 days during menstruation). If possible, your practice should be at the same time every day. You will appreciate the routine and respond better to the practice. Although you may find that you are a little sore in the beginning, the regularity of a daily practice removes the soreness in the muscles and invigorates the body each day. If a daily commitment to the practice is not possible, many benefits can still be found practicing a few times a week. Please come to practice as you are able. All are welcome!
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