A quiet focused Ashtanga "self-practice" class where yoga becomes a moving meditation connecting mind, body and soul through the breath

Self-Practice 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 self-practice 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 system are explored and added as a student progresses, others may be modified and adapted in certain circumstances depending on the individual.

The self-practice 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 Ashtanga 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.

Read more about Mysore classes on our Blog and find out more about our teachers by clicking on the teacher's name on the schedule below.


Ashtanga Opening Mantra from Gingi Lee on Vimeo.

Mysore Class with Gingi Lee from Gingi Lee on Vimeo.

Short Film on Ashtanga Mysore Self Practice

This "self practice" style class is open to all levels, but it requires you to have memorised the standing postures of the ashtanga sequence as practiced in the led classes

Due to these classes being self practice in style, early morning Mysore classes have a flexible start time between 6.30 and 7.30am; students should have moved in to their closing sequence by 8.30am. If your Mysore practice is longer than the allocated class time, it is usually not a problem to run over in to the next class. Please discuss this with your teacher.

  • If you are suffering/have suffered from a medical condition (including heart condition, chest pains, dizziness, high blood pressure) or a serious injury, it is essential you first consult your doctor before joining classes. Please then discuss this with us before booking so we can advise you on a personalised programme. 
  • Minor health issues and injuries should be discussed with your teacher before the class. Please arrive 10 minutes early to discuss.
  • Pregnant women of 14+ weeks may join this class if they have practiced yoga previously – please notify the teacher as some modifications will be required and the teacher will advise you accordingly. 
  • Post-natal women may join this class from 3-6 months if they have practiced yoga previously and have adequate core strength. We strongly recommend that women start back with Post-Natal Pilates from 6 weeks postpartum.