Mysore is the city in India where the long-forgotten system of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga was rediscovered by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his teacher Sri T Krishnamacharya, both preeminent yoga masters.
In the West we are taught yoga in a “led class” format where the teacher verbally instructs the entire group to move together.
Traditionally, in “Mysore style” classes, the student works independently, at their own pace developing a self-practice. A set sequence of yoga postures are learned one by one. The teacher guides the student with hands on adjustments to deepen their understanding of alignment and breath. Memorizing the sequence along with a precise rhythm breath focuses the mind and brings mental clarity.
In a typical Mysore setting, one student may be working on a yoga posture, while the person next to them is working on something completely different. Everyone moves at their own pace in a quiet environment. There is personal attention given to each individual within a group setting.
It is traditional that Mysore classes are not taught on Moon Days. Learn more and check out the Mysore Moon Day calendar.
Learn more about traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.