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About Ashtanga

Ashtanga translates as Eight Limbs referring to Patanjali's sutras written more than 2000 years ago in which he systematizes an approach to yoga. The third of these limbs is Asana, a device that connects the mind and body through use of the breath.

The Ashtanga Asana system began its development when in the early 20th century, Krishnamacharya went to his guru in the Himalayas. There he was instructed in the Yoga Korunta, an ancient text written on a dried palm, and learned the asana practices. In the 1920's, a twelve year old boy Sri K. Pattabhi Jois became his student. The asana practice that was taught to him by Krishnamacharya has become the current Ashtanga system.

Ashtanga Yoga organizes sequences of postures into six separate series. The first, Yoga Chikitsa is intended to align and purify the body. The second, Nadi Shodhana, works mainly with the nervous system. The remaining four series integrate strength, flexibility, and movement. The primary series is the beginning as all series are intended to be practiced progressively under the guidance of a qualified teacher. The primary series introduces the principles that synchronize breath and movement, linking the body to the mind. In this way, it is a foundation for the other limbs of yoga.

Ashtanga is a Vinyasa system. It is a dynamic, scientific, purposeful approach. The specific moves are done with specific breath. The integration of each asana is maximized as we return to a neutral position between. The physical work then affects the subtle layers and the nervous system, essential for yoga, bringing about profound physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual results.

Each pose is linked, movement on the breath
Comes from neutral, the slate wiped clean
Circulation improves, reducing disease and blocked energy
Spine bends forward and back
Energy centers are stimulated, inner strength developed
Vital energy is encouraged to rise
Breath is deep, heat results, purifies, manipulates
Gaze directs intention of energy
Mind learns focus, nervous system is cleansed
Physical, mental, and emotional strength arises
It is gradual and dynamic
Reveals the spirit

Ashtanga Mysore Policies

Ashtanga is a dynamic purposeful asana practice that uses posture, breath, and focus to direct the practitioner inward towards greater self-awareness. Mysore Method Ashtanga Yoga is a self-practice approach in which students move through Ashtanga's set sequence of postures in their own time according to the degree to which they have integrated the information of the practice. The instructor guides each student individually based on their progress.

In the Mysore room:

  • Please respect the tradition of this lineage: Honor the sequence of postures as given by your teacher. Do not eliminate or add in extra postures unless discussed with your instructor
  • Honor your fellow students: Keep your attention on your own practice. Avoid unnecessary conversation and offering assistance or guidance to other students.
  • Take care of yourself: Drink plenty of water prior to practice and following. Avoid eating at least 3 hours before practice. Keep your person and yoga gear clean
  • Honor the needs of your body: Inform your instructor of injuries and pains, illnesses, or specific considerations
  • This is a practice that goes beyond the body. As you experience emotional, mental, and spiritual challenges, feel free to discuss with your teacher. Allow and welcome these experiences as a part of the process of self-transformation.
  • Beginner's Monday - on this day students who have never done the Mysore method may drop in to give it a try. This is only allowed one time per student. After the introductory class, a commitment is required to continue with practice.
  • If you are interested in continuing an Ashtanga practice beyond your introductory class, we require that you practice a minimum of three times per week for at least a month.
  • Aside from Mondays, Drop Ins are only allowed for students with an already established Ashtanga practice.
  • No Mysore practice on New and Full Moons - Take rest!

New students begin Mondays at 6:30am - please arrive 10 minutes early to register, and feel free to contact the studio in advance or stop by class after if you have any questions. Those with an established Ashtanga Yoga practice are welcome anytime.


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