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What is Mysore?


IMG_2679-3431732845-OMysore is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga, named after the city in India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga, lived. The system is now transmitted by Jois’ grandson, Sri Sharath Jois, at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

Mysore is open to all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced students. The class is not led and all instruction is given on an individual basis. As you gain strength, stamina, flexibility and focus, poses will be added on to your sequence.

Here at AYCT, we are passionate about Mysore style class, and we truly believe that is what we excel at teaching. Since we opened in 2008, we have built one of the world’s most popular mysore programs (outside of India, of course!) with well over 100 students coming to practice every morning. All of our teachers and front desk staff practice Mysore regularly and we have all felt the positive changes to our lives from this incredible self-practice technique. Click here to watch a short video all about AYCT and our mysore program.

Some of the Benefits of a Mysore Practice:

  • You can show up when it suits you. As long as you leave enough time to finish your full practice, you can come to Mysore class at any point. You don’t need to worry about rushing from work or home to get to class on time anymore.
  • You can develop your meditation practice by following your own breath: Ashtanga is intended to be a moving meditation. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the breath and the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills.
  • You get individual attention. In any type of yoga, we come across poses or aspects of the practice that are difficult and challenging. In a led class, you may just skim over a difficult pose, but in Mysore style you have the chance to work one-on-one with a trained teacher. Most people feel this individual attention helps their practice soar.
  • Mysore class is for everyone. One thing we did not expect when we started our morning Mysore program, was how wonderful it was for families and couples who wished to practice together, but had different levels of experience. With everyone in the room doing their own practice, Mysore class is a great way to work at your full capacity.