What is the Mysore system?


The Mysore System

This method of teaching and practicing yoga is named after the city of Mysore in southern India. It is a traditional and individualized approach to learning and progressing in the Ashtanga Yoga system.

In the Mysore style, students practice the Ashtanga Yoga series at their own pace and rhythm, under the guidance of a teacher. Unlike a led class where everyone moves together, each student in a Mysore class practices independently, following their own breath and focusing on their own practice. The teacher provides individualized instruction and adjustments to each student, according to their needs and abilities. This also means that you can show up to class when you want! Our schedule consists of many different allotted times for Mysore classes that are approximately 3 hours long. So long as the student shows up with enough time for their practice before class ends, their start time is completely up to them.

Ashtanga Yoga

The Ashtanga Yoga system consists of a set sequence of postures, which are grouped into different series. The primary series, known as Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy, is the foundation and focuses on purifying and strengthening the body. The intermediate series, called Nadi Shodhana or Nerve Purification, builds upon the foundation of the primary series and further opens the energy channels in the body.

In the Mysore system, students start by learning the primary series and gradually progress to the intermediate series and beyond, as their practice deepens. The teacher introduces new postures and sequences to the student when they are ready, based on their individual progress and understanding of the practice. This personalized approach allows students to develop a strong foundation, gain mastery over each posture, and cultivate a deeper internal focus.

The Mysore style is known for its emphasis on self-discipline and self-practice. Students are expected to memorize the sequence of postures and practice consistently, ideally six days a week. The repetition of the same sequence over time allows practitioners to observe their progress, develop mindfulness, and cultivate a meditative state of mind.

The Mysore system is often regarded as a traditional and authentic way to learn and practice Ashtanga Yoga. It offers a supportive and intimate environment where students receive individual attention and guidance from the teacher. This approach enables practitioners to develop a sustainable and lifelong yoga practice, tailored to their individual needs and capabilities.

There are no Mysore, Half Primary or Full Primary classes on Moon days. However, special events and restorative classes are offered. We always recommend lighter practices if you do choose to practice on a Moon day. What is a Moon Day?