MYSORE MORNING PROGRAM
The morning yoga program is great if you want to learn and practice yoga at your own pace. Everyday you will receive individualized instruction and education, verbal and hands-on adjustments, and guidance on developing your personal practice. While working within your limits, you are supported and safely guided to discover your edge and go there. You will learn traditional methodology and in essence, train the body, breath, and the intelligence to merge together all in an environment of community.
Ashtanga Yoga is a method of yoga involving synchronizing the breath and movement with a progressive series of postures. It is traditionally taught in the "Mysore" style: a supervised self practice. We are daily practitioners of this form. We honor the teachings of Krishnamacharya and are rooted in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. In addition we have an affinity for Iyengar Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, anatomy, and the movement sciences. Through these roots we share the yoga.
This is not a typical led yoga class. It is the systematic step-by-step unfolding of you; of awareness. The teaching is customized to your needs and tailored your current state of mind and body, and intention for practice. In the Mysore style teaching method, first we establish a solid foundation and grow intelligently from there. Yoga poses, sequences, modifications and/or variations are introduced systematically and individually in proportion to your capability, enthusiasm, and present needs. This one-on-one attention allows you to develop your awareness without neglecting weak areas or indulging in strong ones. One of the main focuses of this style is on the development of a personal practice. We will help you arrive in your current form and ability and then methodically build on the previous lesson and develop a practice that you can do by yourself at home.
Everyone in the Mysore room is at a different stage in their practice and is supported by the overall focus and energy of the room. The yoga practice is tailored to fit the individual and no experience is necessary. Everyone can learn the yoga, however there must be an affectionate inclination to inquire, again and again, into the yoga, into the practice, into you. Drop-in to the morning program, take time for yourself, get stronger mentally and physically, and dive deeper into relationship with your self, others, and the planet.
Ashtanga asana practice involves three places of attention or action, called Tristhana. Ujjayi pranayama (breathing system), asanas (postures), and dristhi (looking place) are Tristhana. Ujjayi pranayama purifies the nervous system. Asanas purify, strengthen and help create a flexible body. Dristhi, purifies and focuses the mind and the direction of its energy. Theses three aspects are performed in conjunction with each other; purifying the nervous system, the body, and mind. This meditative way of practice cleanses the muscles and organs, creates a light and strong body, and a peaceful calm mind.
You can be flexible about what time you start class; arrive at your convenience between 7am-8:30am, ready for rest by 9:50am. If you are new to the Yoga, we will sit together and introduce ourselves. You will be asked to share your history of practice, injuries, mental state, intention for being there. The actual practice will be around 20-30min. You will be introduced to the three places of attention, Tristhana, and taught a version of the Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) or other series that fits your current state of being. We will go from there. Slow and steady.
We recommend students who practice Yoga and partake in the Mysore Morning Program commit to practicing 3 times a week and build from there. However if you are only able to come 1-2 times a week, not a problem. Your practice can be done at home.
Full Moon and New Moon are rest days, there will not be Mysore on moon days. When the Full/New Moon lands on a practice day, a restorative yoga class and chanting session will be offered from 8:30am - 10am. All afternoon classes are as scheduled.
New students are accepted on a monthly tuition basis. After you have become established for at least one month then drop-ins, and 5, 10, 15 class passes are welcome. (Drop-ins are best suited for those with an established Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice or for visiting practitioners.)
Practice start time is flexible; arrive anytime between 7-9:30am. Latest time to begin rest is 9:50am. Closing chant 10am.
Group invocation: 7am Group rest: 9:50am Group closing: 10am
If you finish practice before 9:50am, please leave the Shala before group rest begins at 9:50am so that the space is absolutely quiet for the final 10min. 10am closing chant is offered & this ends morning practice.
If new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, new to the yoga, please feel free to come and observe for a moment how the class is run and see if this style of learning the Yoga is right for you. If you are feeling attracted to this practice and learning one-on-one within a group setting, then please register for the mysore morning class. Choose the day you would like to start and show up between 7-7:30am. After your first class, start time is flexible. Arrive as it suits your morning; sometime between 7-9:30am.
If you have any questions and would like to set up a consultation please call Colee 808-443-1979.