TEMPORARY SPACE UPDATE
Please bring your mat home to avoid renovation dust etc.
CAMP MYSORE STARTS SUNDAY MARCH 9
Camp Mysore DOES NOT HAVE SHOWERS. There are two bathrooms but no beauty routines (hair drying, makeup, big costume changes) are possible, it truly is like camping. If this will not work for you, please talk to the desk to have your pass suspended for the renovation duration.
No evening classes will run on this schedule, as well as the Saturday morning 9 am led class and afternoon 4pm led class. If these are your regular classes, and you do not wish to try any others, please talk to the desk about suspending your pass for the duration of the renovations.
Space is located at:
3385 Yonge St. (At Yonge and Golfdale). Four blocks north of our location. Look for the AYCT sign
Monday to Thursday:
5.30a – 1.30p Mysore
6.30 Led Primary Series
8a – 1.30p Mysore
11.30a – 12.30p Beginners
1p – 3p Mysore
7a – 12.30p Mysore
1p – 2p Beginners
3p – 5:30p Mysore
Why I contribute to AYCT’s fundraising campaign..
It took a literal wrecking ball to get me inside AYCT. I watched the home next to mine crumble to the ground an hour before entering the Mysore room for the first time. Its destruction and the construction chaos lurking around my usual solace spot facilitated the necessary push to finally get me in the door and change my life forever.
I was scared. Actually, I was very sacred—afraid of being alone on my mat in a silent room surrounded by the confusion of people all doing different things. Mainly, I was afraid of being accountable for my own practice as well as being unaccompanied on my yoga journey. Once I got past the initial performance anxiety of memorizing the asana sequence, being alone with my breath became more natural and eventually I began to crave the quiet Mysore room—a luxurious escape from my otherwise noisy life.
As to my fear of being alone, I have come to realize that my practice is an individual journey but it is not a lonely one. Yes, everyone is certainly doing different things all around me but our minds share a collective purpose. The dedication of my fellow yogis carries me through the difficult times. I can face my fears and frustrations because those of you around me are doing the same thing. It is your courage and determination that keeps me on my mat. It is the collective energy of our community and teachers that inspires me to become a better person. For that, I thank all of you.
Being part of AYCT is more than yoga. It is a commitment that grounds me and provides the inner peace needed to truly give of myself. My time in practice enables me to foster a non-reactive state of mind, cultivating empathy, and priming me to give more to others. It is in this spirit of giving that the Operation Renovation campaign strikes a resonating cord. AYCT is not a health club where we scan a card and work on our bodies. The Mysore room is where we come to grow as people—body, mind, and spirit.
My yoga journey began with a wrecking ball reeking havoc on my physical surroundings. Aptly, AYCT needs a little physical reconstruction to give us more. I stand inspired and ready to give to AYCT at this growth juncture and humbly facilitate even greater growth for all us on our yoga journeys.
“You have got to try out this yoga studio!” It all started when one of my best friends, Jeff, told me to go with him to AYCT. He asked me many times. I had been practicing yoga for about 2 years, and one day I decided to give in and finally check out what all the fuss was about. As I walked into the packed, hot Mysore room full of an incredible energy, and of people crossing their legs behind their heads, or doing drop backs, and other kinds of crazy contortions, I was instantly impressed and somewhat intimidated.
After some time, I started to practice regularly. At first I practiced 3-4 times a week and I eventually developed a strong daily practice. Besides yoga, I have been doing triathlons for years. I am also a registered massage therapist. Triathlons and working as a RMT can have quite an impact on my body. I really believe that my practice heals my body and keeps my mind sharp and relaxed. But even more important, my daily practice challenges me mentally and physically.
On top of the positive impact that the AYCT has had on my body and mind, it inspired me to travel to Mysore, India, to study at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. During my time in India, I came to appreciate even more how unique and great the AYCT community is. Many of the people I met there had to practice in small studios that only offered Mysore classes for a couple hours each day.
I am very lucky to be part of such a huge community of ashtangis. I am very excited for all the up coming changes at AYCT. I think that the money raised from Operation Renovation will help this studio grow, flourish and continue to be one of the best shalas in the world.
Three years after my first Ashtanga class, David wanted to start a Mysore program. I had explored the odd Mysore class on Sunday mornings and was hesitant about taking on Mysore five to six times a week. The Sunday Mysore class left me drenched, exhausted and recuperating on the floor for a good 15-20 minutes after class before I could collect all my body parts in to moving again and make my way home. To do that every day seemed… daunting. Nevertheless, I kept asking David about it. He encouraged me that the practice would get better with the concistency of the traditional format of Mysore . And so I finally made the commitment. A love for the practice had taken root and little by little it would take over for hockey.
Nine years later, I realize how lucky I was. To be given the practice in a space that I shared with only 6-8 people. In such a small class, it seemed impossible to be under the constant and watchful eye of David Robson, always expecting more strength in whatever pose was being explored. Today, I am grateful for AYCT. The space David and Stan offer is not just the room to practice in, but also a community and energy that I get to share and expand. I no longer argue with myself as to why I take the treck to the studio every day. I just do. Even my two sons can’t imagine me not practicing yoga. It has become who I am!
I love the chance the renovation campaign is giving me to support the studio and its community. Without AYCT I would be relegated to a home practice. And as tough as practice is under the watchful eye of DR, practicing at home, alone, without anyone watching is even tougher.
March 27- 30 2014
Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre the Yoga Conference gathers yogis from all over Ontario for an event hosting over 50 master teachers, 200 workshops and 250 exhibitors.
Come by and visit the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto’s booth #104. Turn right as you enter the showroom and you won’t miss us! We will be open all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
David will also be teaching three workshops at the conference that you can register for here through the Yoga Conference website.
Thursday March 27, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm TH2ROB David Robson
All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy
Backbends don’t have to hurt. This workshop will explore the basic alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s Primary Series backbends. By learning correct technique for the poses, take the pain out of backbending and allow your body to safely go deeper into the postures. This workshop is open to practitioners of all levels.
Saturday March 29, 2014 8:00 am – 10:00 am SA1ROB David Robson
Learn To Float
All Levels, Teacher Training
When breath and movement are in union, our practice becomes graceful and filled with ease. Focusing on the vinyasas of Surya Namaskara, the Sun Salutations, this workshop will provide you with invaluable techniques to help you bring lightness into your practice. All levels are welcome to attend.
Sunday March 30, 2014 9:00 am – 11:00 am SU1ROB David Robson
Jump Back & Jump Through
All Levels, Teacher Training
Jump Back & Jump Through is all about the transitional jumping vinyasas of Ashtanga Yoga. These dynamic movements run like a thread through the sitting poses, joining them together. The vinyasas that link Ashtanga?s sitting poses can be particularly challenging. This workshop goes through the jump-back and jump-through in close detail, and provides invaluable instructions useful for all levels of practitioners.
NEW! Free class on the show floor
Saturday at 5:30pm with David
Ashtanga’s Vinyasa- Non-attachment in Action
A 30 minute practice that will describe the philosophy of vinyasa, the breath-based movement that underpins Ashtanga Yoga, and how we can use vinyasa to develop equanimity.
Astanga Yoga Anusthana
by R. Sharath Jois
$25.95 +hst Includes shipping
In store price $20 +hst.
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This compact, black and white manual features:
- An overview of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga
- The primary series including a photo of each asana, the vinyasa count, breath and drishti.
- A simple pranayama exercise.
- A section on asana for injury or yoga as therapy.
- Essential mantras in Sanskrit.
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