Ashtanga Yoga system is set sequences of postures that vary in difficulty and benefit. The flow between each posture is an integral part of the practice. There are three groups of movement sequences: The Primary Series which cleanses and tunes the physical body, The Intermediate Series which purifies the nervous system and the Advanced Series’ which cultivates strength and grace.
Each series of postures must be accomplished before proceeding to the next. The sequential process of learning Ashtanga allows the practitioner to develop the concentration, strength, flexibility and stamina needed to progress in a safe, balanced and optimal manner.
In Ashtanga Yoga the movement is always synchronized with the breath. The result is an open heart and a clear mind in a light and strong body.
Named after the city where it originated, Mysore is the traditional method in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught. Students progressively move through the Ashtanga series at their pace in a group setting, under the guidance of a teacher.
Postures are learned one by one, and as they are “mastered”, the student gradually builds a personal practice.
The instruction is “one-on-one” as the teacher walks around the room and provides physical adjustments and verbal instruction for students in their various asanas/postures. The instructor also helps remind students of the sequencing.
A common misconception about the Mysore practice is that you need to know the Primary Series to attend. It is not requirement, you need merely show up and we will teach you the entire practice personally from the very beginning.
WHAT IS A LED CLASS
Every Monday at 5.30 pm a led class is held. The teacher calls out the names of the postures and vinyasas in Sanskrit.
The entire class moves and breathes together in sync. Everyone is energetic and concentrated.
It is a very effective way to remember the correct breathing and brings the mind into a more focused state.
Nathalie AKA Nat on the mat has been on a journey of balance between mind and body since 2008. Like most of us, she started exploring yoga practices in gyms and yoga studios in Dubai, where she resided. Nathalie fell in love with Ashtanga and chose it as her school of practice and since she was always on the move, she found herself practicing on her own religiously 6 days a week for 6 years.
She felt the urge to learn more, to study more, to reconnect with the source of Ashtanga, so she started to travel to study with international senior instructors such as Kino Mc Gregor, David Robson, Arne Espejel, Petri Raisanan, Flora Brajot and so many more. Few years later in 2016, she found herself in Myore India and this was a turning point in her life.
She went back in 2017 and then again in 2019. She found this experience very special and enriching, it connected her deeply with the heart and the lineage of Ashtanga yoga and gave another dimension to her whole practice and to her teachings.
On a personal level, Nat is a beautiful soul and a very approachable teacher and you can’t but love her smile.
5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PRACTICE MYSORE
You move at your own pace:
No need to be rushing if you don’t want to rush! You can take all your time in the mysore room
Self- practice is convenient:
There isn’t a start and an end time! You can drop in anytime starting 6.15 am to 9.30 am.
The practice at the beginning will only be about 20 to 30 minutes where you will lean you will learn the basic techniques for breathing and movement – called ‘vinyāsa’ – and guided through the opening and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
“Adjustments” and one on one support and help:
Very important in mysore self-practice. This is where experienced teachers use their hands to guide your body into the posture to correct your alignment. This builds, trust and connection with your teacher.The reward for practicing at least three times a week is increased fitness, stamina, builds lean muscles and a calmer mind.
You can be finally yourself:
The room is calm, the teacher talks very softly to a particular person and not to the entire group which makes you focus more on your own practice, your own breath and your own movement.
You see fellow practionners 3 times a week minimum and you start forming bonds and friendships with them.