Ashtanga translates as “Eight Limbs”which refers to Patanjali's sutras written more than 2,000 years ago. The third of these limbs is Asana, a device that connects the mind and body through use of breaths.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 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.
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 in 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 or guidanceto 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 orpains, 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.
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.
No Mysore practice on New and Full Moons - Take rest!