Mysore Style Yoga
What is Mysore?
Mysore (or Mysuru) is a city in India in the state of Karnataka and is the birthplace of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga.
Way back in the ’40s an Indian man named K. Pattabhi Jois developed Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga after about 20 years studying under some amazing yoga gurus like Krishnamacharya.
He set up the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (known as the KPJAYI ) in Gokulam, Mysore, and taught there for the rest of his life. Students from all over the world began travelling to India to learn from him.
You may have heard of some famous yogis such as Kino Macgregor and Laruga Glaser who studied at the institute.Since he died in 2009 his grandson Sharath has resumed the running of the shala. He continues to attract Ashtanga practitioners from all over the world to study with him.In this style of practice, students turn up to a studio anywhere between (usually) 6 – 9am.They work through one of the Ashtanga yoga seriesin their own time and the teacher wanders round offering support where needed.The correct movements, breathing, and other aspects of the practice are learned gradually,in a step-by-step process accessible to anyone. This method allows each student time to practice and memorize what they have learned before adding more. Students are able to practice independently and at their own pace while surrounded by the energy an inspiration of other students in the room. The main teacher and assistants are able to work with each student individually. Initially, students may require more attention, but as they become proficient in their practice, they are allowed more independence,receiving adjustments and assistance only when required.