What is Mysore

Mysore is a self-practice where students practice the Ashtanga series at their own pace as the teacher assists each student individually. The class is not led as a whole.  Instead, students are given personalized instruction according to their ability.

The class structure is “open”, meaning that you can have a flexible start time!  Enter the studio when you like and leave when your practice is complete within the scheduled time.  Students are given a fixed order of postures. Beginners to Ashtanga Mysore should allow 45 minutes for their practice. After a while, your teacher will add more poses to your sequence which will extend the duration of your practice. You do not have to memorize the primary series to take the class as the teacher will assist you to learn it. We ask that you do not come to class with sequence in hand. Instead, try your best to familiarize yourself with it in your mind and we’ll help you memorize it in your body. This is all part of the tradition and practice!

FAQs – New to Mysore?  

Are there any Mysore pre-requisites?  Yes, teacher pre-approval for Mysore is required. To ensure a great experience, we ask everyone new to the Mysore program to first connect with one of our Mysore teachers here!

Is Mysore for Everyone?  Mysore an open-level class designed for everybody. The great thing about Mysore is that it welcomes you to start where you are!  Mysore is appropriate for all students and all levels. No prior experience with Ashtanga is required.

How often should I come to Mysore?   Most Mysore students come daily, and we ask students to commit to coming at least 3x/week. We offer practice every day except Saturday and Moondays.

How can I get more familiar with Mysore/Ashtanga? Our favorite resource for all things Ashtanga is the Ashtanga Dispatch Magazine. You can order one here. Don’t worry about what you know or don’t know when you are getting started. If you forget a pose or don’t know what comes next – we are here to help! You can ask questions along the way. This is part of the learning tradition in a Mysore practice.

Everyone starts with Surya Namaskara A and then we take it from there. Teachers will give you modifications if you need any assistance with any of the poses – this practice truly is for everyone.

How can I stay connected outside of class?  Visit us on Facebook – where our community is growing!

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