Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a flowing style of yoga that integrates breath, posture, and focused gaze. The practice is effective at cultivating increased concentration, strength, and flexibility. Mysore style, or assisted self-practice, is the traditional method of learning Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. The practice method is named after the city of Mysore, India where the roots of this practice are and where it is still taught in the traditional way. We offer the following classes:

Mysore Style (self-practice) Classes

Students will practice some or all of the Ashtanga sequence that is appropriate for them. Each student will move with their own breath through the sequence of postures at their own pace. The teacher will observe each student individually and help them find their way deeper into postures through hands-on adjustments and verbal cues. Small groups, with a maximum of 12 students, allow the teacher to build a relationship with each student and their practice, enabling the teacher to address the specific needs of each student. Students of all levels practice together, each working in a way that is appropriate for them, while enjoying the energy of practicing with a group. Each daily practice session typically lasts 1 to 1 ½ hours depending on the level of experience of the practitioner. Students of all levels are welcome to attend. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn. This practice is appropriate for anyone at any level of fitness. This practice is different than any yoga class you’ve taken before!

Led Classes

Led classes are an opportunity to experience the dynamic flow of the Ashtanga vinyasa primary series. This sequence of postures focuses on developing a balance of strength and flexibility in the body. The sequence of postures is coordinated with breath, referred to as vinyasa (breath and movement). Depending on the experience of the group, the class will move together on the cues of the teacher through all or part of the Ashtanga vinyasa primary series.

Testimonials from students – Why Mysore style classes?

“I come to your classes because I like the Mysore style classes.  I like being able to move at my own pace.  Even though I’m curious about where others in class are in their practice, the focus is still on my practice and what I need.  I like the small group setting that allows for more one on one attention.”
“I like the individualized practice.  I can do as much or as little as my body needs to do that day as opposed to bigger, instructor-led classes where everyone does the exact same thing regardless of ability level.  I also like the small class size and the adjustments.  You can progress when you are working with a teacher to help your body open up, settle deeper into the pose, and align in new ways.”
“These classes offer Ashtanga yoga in its traditional form: through patient, guided/Mysore-style teaching and meeting the student wherever they are in the practice…from those students who can’t yet reach their toes to those that are working through deep inversions and advanced vinyasas.  The teachers are able to encourage discipline, while maintaining compassion and a sense of humor.”
“Classes are taught in the tradition of Patabhi Jois of Mysore, India, the heart of Ashtanga yoga.  We practice the sequence of poses in accordance with our own breath and the teachers take us deeper into the poses with physical adjustments and verbal cues. Christine has learned many of the physical adjustment methods from her teacher, David Keil, who is extremely knowledgeable in human anatomy as it pertains to yoga. Christine teaches with patience, inward focus and positive reinforcement, skills that she has honed for more than a decade from her practice of Ashtanga yoga.”

Yoga Schedule and Costs

Daily Mysore style Ashtanga yoga classes are held Monday – Friday beginning at 6am in downtown Asheville.

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