Mysore Ashtanga Yoga
In West Norwood & Dulwich
Mysore ashtanga "self practice" truly facilitates yoga as a moving meditation, which will quieten the mind, strengthen the body and awaken the soul. This class is for those who have adequate knowledge of the standing postures of the ashtanga (astanga) sequence, as well as anyone who has experience practising in a Mysore-style class. Students are not "led" by a teacher in the conventional way, instead they lead themselves at their own speed and work with (ujjayi) breathing through a memorised sequence of postures. The teacher opens the class with a chant and then guides and adjusts students individually, giving one-to-one tuition and hands-on adjustments. New postures from the ashtanga sequence are explored and added as a student progresses, others may be modified and adapted in certain circumstances depending on the individual.
The Mysore-style approach has powerful benefits on many levels – increasing energy, strengthening the immune system, maximising body tone, encouraging weight loss, detoxifying and increases all-round health, flexibility, strength and balance. But fundamentally, this practice allows students to progress on a truly personal and much deeper level with few external distractions. The special serenity, quietness and focus of this class enhances a meditative state. The Mysore self-practice is also one that liberates you from dependence on a teacher and leads you to tune in to your own body and develop a more profound understanding of yoga. It directs you away from the stresses of life, to a place of stillness, calm and introspection. It is a practice that becomes your own, which can also be developed at home.
As with traditional ashtanga yoga, this class is taught in a high-heat (but not excessively hot) environment. Classes maintain a heat of around 23–25ºC, which is ideal for safely encouraging flexibility and allowing a gentle detoxification process.
The Mysore classes traditionally open with the ashtanga opening mantra – see video below.
Ashtanga Opening Mantra from Gingi Lee on Vimeo.