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Mysore (MY / sore) is the city, in South India, where this method of practicing yoga was developed. Hence the class is called Mysore.

Mysore class is open to all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced students and is the traditional method for learning Ashtanga yoga.

With teacher assistance and supervision, advanced, intermediate, and beginner students practice their sequence of postures at their own pace and within their own capacity. The class is not led, individual instruction and support is the point and emphasis of a Mysore class, the posture sequences are taught to you individually. With regular practice remembering the sequence you have been taught is easy and progress is quickly apparent. As you gain strength, stamina, flexibility and focus, your practice sequence will be refined and extended.

Mysore, as are all forms of yoga practice, is intended to be a daily practice. Attending class a minimum 3 or 4 days each week is recommended.

In the Mysore tradition we rest from posture practice on Saturdays and moondays.

If you are new to Mysore expect the first few classes to take 30 to 40 minutes.

There will be no Mysore or Primary Series classes on the days of the New and Full moons as listed in the table below.

MOON DAYS 2017
MONTH FULL NEW
JANUARY 12 27
FEBRUARY 10 26
MARCH 12 27
APRIL 11 26
MAY 10 26
JUNE 9 23
JULY 9 23
AUGUST 7 21
SEPTEMBER 6 20
OCTOBER 5 19
NOVEMBER 4 17
DECEMBER 3 18

WHY WE CHANT

When engaging in any transformational practice, such as yoga, it is traditional to set the intention that we use right effort in our work and use the fruits of our practice in the service of others. In Ashtanga yoga we use the following chants for this purpose.

The first half of the Ashtanga Yoga Mantra can be interpreted as, with gratitude I will work faithfully with the practical and time tested teachings of yoga in order to improve the quality of my life and to overcome my worldly suffering and delusion.

The second half is a description of the sage Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras.

The Mangala Mantra is an ancient chant that we chant at the end of our yoga practice to offer the merits of our practice for the benefit of all beings and the earth.

In other words we set the intention that, the benefits from our yoga practice, which purify and uplift our own life, should be offered for the benefit of all beings and the earth.

Ashtanga Yoga Mantra

OM
vande gurunam charanaravinde
sandarshita swatma sukhavabodhe
nihshreyase jangalikayamane
samsara halahala mohashantyai
abahu purushakaram
shankacakrasi dharinam
sahasra shirasam swetam
pranamami patanjalim
OM

Ashtanga Yoga Invocation

OM
I bow to the lotus feet of all gurus.
The awakening happiness of one's own Self revealed.
Beyond better acting like the jungle physician, pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara.
In the form of a man to the shoulders, holding a conch, a discus, and a sword, with thousands of white heads, to Patanjali I salute.
OM

Mangala Mantra

OM
swasthi praja bhyah
pari pala yantam
nya yena margena
mahim mahishaha
go brahmane bhyah
shubhamastu nityam
lokah samasthah
sukhino bhavanthu
OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTIH

Peace Invocation

OM
May all be well with humankind.
May the leaders of the earth protect in every way by keeping to the right path.
May there be goodness for those who hold the earth sacred.
May all the worlds be happy.
May this country be free from disturbances, and may the righteous be free from fear.
OM PEACE PEACE PEACE

MYSORE PRACTICE GUIDELINES and ETIQUETTE

1-Turn your phone, etc. off. Please and thank-you!

2-Practice 2-3 hours after a meal, ideally in the morning before breakfast.

3-Practice in bare feet.

4-Avoid loose or bulky clothing.

5-Arrive with clean body, clothes, mat, towel, and rug (if you use a rug).

6-Bring a small towel to class.

7-Use your own mat.

8-Please leave or make room for others in the practice room as required.

9-Please set the front edge of your mat in alignment with existing rows.

10-Please put any props away when you're finished. Neatly fold and stack blankets.

11-Take water before and after practice, not during.

12-Do not change the order of the asana and vinyasa given to you in Mysore class.

13-If you must shorten your practice for any reason always be sure to include the full finishing sequence you have been taught.

14-It is recommended that women rest from practice during the heaviest days of their menstrual cycles or at a minimum avoid inversions on those days.

15-Before and after class please keep your talking to a minimum in the practice rooms and during class only address the teacher. Please converse quietly in the change rooms and other areas of the shala.
FAQ on Ashtanga Yoga

Is Mysore class really over three hours long?
No, not to worry! You can come to Mysore class and begin your practice within the time frames listed on the schedule page. Your practice will start out fairly short, 20 to 40 minutes or so and will progressively get longer as more postures are added. If you have an established practice be sure you leave yourself enough time to complete your practice before class ends.

Is Mysore suitable for beginners?
Absolutely! It is for anyone who is looking to find health, autonomy and personal growth through their yoga practice. One of the biggest misconceptions about Mysore practice is that it is for advanced students only. Nothing could be further from the truth! Beginner or totally new to yoga you are welcomed and encouraged to begin learning yoga in this way. The basic foundations of practice are taught from day one to new students and a sense of connection with the spirit and integrity of Mysore practice is quickly realized.

What can I expect in a Mysore class?
In Mysore class you'll hear the sound of people breathing and moving through their practices. Occasional grunts, gasps, sighs and clunks interrupt the steady sounds of on-going practice. You will sense the depth and focus of the efforts being undertaken there. Sometimes there are tears. Sometimes laughter. You'll see others in the midst of practicing their set of postures, some more advanced and some less so. You'll see the teacher moving about and working individually with students. You may hear little bits of conversation as instructions are given and questions are asked. When the teacher is giving you instructions or assists you will have their full attention and support. A sense of wellbeing and confidence is tangible in the rarified atmosphere of the Mysore room. Mysore class is a community that will support, inspire and deepen your yoga practice.

Do I have to be fit and flexible to learn Ashtanga yoga?
If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Your age or fitness-level doesn't matter when you begin. Just come as you are. Through the practice of Ashtanga yoga, you will develop the strength, endurance and flexibility you need to be fit and healthy. The practice will be adapted to your present condition and needs and you will be moved progressively through the practice at a rate that is suitable for you. To learn Ashtanga yoga all you need do is show up!

How will I know what postures to do?
The teacher will work closely with you when you are beginning. With daily practice you will easily remember the sequence you have been taught. The same sequence is repeated each day with new postures and refinements introduced and added as your ability with practice increases. Sporadic and inconsistent attendance usually leads to frustration and disillusionment because of not remembering what to do. Again all you need do is show up.

Is Ashtanga yoga done in a hot room?
No, unlike Hot Yoga, which tries to simulate the climactic conditions of southern India, the heat and sweat of Ashtanga yoga is generated internally, by you, through the continuous flow of the postures and breathing as you practice. The Mysore room is kept warm and comfortable.