What is Mysore style yoga?
"Mysore" is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga and is named after the Indian city where Phattabi Jois lived.
Mysore is a self led practice, through Ashtanga postures (also called Asanas). This "self-practice" is performed under the guidance of a highly experienced teacher, who helps the student advance through the series by teaching new asanas when it is safe to do so.
At AYVic, we highly encourage students to develop a Mysore practice. While led classes have their place and can create a foundation for yogis to work from, Mysore is where true change happens.
When you practice Ashtanga yoga in a Mysore style, you face and overcome new challenges every time you step on the mat. Sometimes they are physical, like learning a new asana. And sometimes they are mental, where you struggle to shut out the negative self talk that we all say to ourselves sometimes.
At the end of practice, you walk out knowing that you accomplished something unique and important to yourself. Others won't be able to see it but you will feel it. That very personal sense of accomplishment is something you can never get from a boot camp style led class.