Mysore-style is the traditional way in which the practice of Ashtanga Yoga is taught in the city of Mysore, India. A set sequence of yoga postures is memorised by the student and each student moves through the sequence at their own pace. Individual instruction is given by the teacher as and when needed. A beginner will naturally be given more instruction than an advanced practitioner but both practise in the same class.
What if I’ve never practiced Yoga before?
Then the best way to start is in a Mysore Style class. Because there is no need to “keep up” with the other students in the class it can be a much safer and less stressful way to learn. You will be taught from the very beginning and the teacher won’t move on until he/she is sure that you have fully understood. Each student moves through the yoga practice at his or her own pace while the teacher keeps a watchful eye, instructing, correcting and encouraging as needed. It must be noted that the misconception that Mysore Style classes are only for students who have already established a regular yoga practice could not be further from the truth. On the contrary, the setting allows the student and teacher to work together at a much more personal level, which is ideal for beginners. So there is absolutely no need to be intimidated.
What if I forget the sequence?
You will be gently reminded what comes next and slowly you will begin to remember until the sequence becomes so natural that the yoga practice becomes like a moving meditation.
What if I’m really inflexible?
Once again, a Mysore Style class could be the ideal setting for you to learn. You move through the postures at your own pace and only when you have mastered each posture will you be given a more challenging one to try. Remember, yoga is not all about flexibility! In fact the more subtle aspects of yoga may become apparent more easily to those with stiffer bodies.
What if I have an injury?
Injuries can be accomodated much more easily in a Mysore Style class as you don’t have to keep up with the rest of the students and you can work with your yoga teacher on an individual basis. Let the teacher know at the beginning of class if you have any injuries or illnesses and we can take it from there.