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What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a flowing style of yoga that integrates breath, posture, and focused gaze. The practice is effective at cultivating increased concentration, strength, and flexibility. Mysore style, or assisted self-practice, is the traditional method of learning Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. The practice method is named after the city of Mysore, India where the roots of this practice are and where it is still taught in the traditional way.

What is Mysore practice?

In a Mysore style, or assisted self-practice class, students practice some or all of the Ashtanga sequence that is appropriate for them. Each student moves with their own breath and at their own pace. The teacher observes each student individually and helps them explore the postures through hands-on adjustments and verbal cues. The teachers address the specific needs of each student. Small groups (a maximum of 12 students) allow students to build a relationship with both their practice and the teachers. Students of all levels practice together, but without the pressure of trying to “keep up” with a class. Each student works in a way that is appropriate for them, while enjoying the energy of practicing with a group. Each daily practice session typically lasts anywhere from ½  to 1 ½ hours depending on the level of experience of the practitioner. Students of all levels are welcome to attend. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn. This practice is appropriate for anyone at any level of fitness. Mysore style class is truly appropriate for anyone. This practice is different than any yoga class you’ve taken before!

Learn more about Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga: Watch an interview with Level 2 Authorized teacher, David Keil