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Mysore Morning Program

Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore Morning Program
Program includes: Mysore Class Tuesday-Friday 6:30am-10:00am & Led Primary Series Saturday 8am-9:45am

Ashtanga yoga is a daily method of yoga involving synchronizing the breath and movement with a progressive series of postures. Ashtanga is traditionally taught in the "Mysore" style: a supervised self practice. Everyone practices together in a quiet room, yet at their own pace. Students receive one-on-one instruction from the teacher. The yoga poses are introduced systematically and individually; relative to the students current physical and mental state of being. New poses are introduced once the student has a solid foundation; and memorizes and becomes proficient in the previous poses in the sequence. Students advance in proportion to their capability and enthusiasm.

Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Ashtanga vinyasa 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, practice will be around 20-30min. You will be introduced to the three places of attention, Tristhana, and given a version of the Surya Namaskar (sun salutation). We will go from there. Slow and steady.

Students who practice Ashtanga Yoga and partake in the Mysore Morning Program commit to practicing 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 times a week.

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 you.

Mysore Class: Tuesday - Friday 6:30am-10:00am First time students please come between 7am-8:30am. Feel free to come observe a class.

  • Group invocation: 7am
  • Group rest: 9:50am
  • Group closing: 10am
If you are finished with practice before 9:50am, please leave the Shala before group rest begins at 9:50am or wait quietly in taking more rest or sitting meditation and join in for the closing chant.
Seasoned practitioners, feel free to start as early as 6:30am.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: Led Primary Series: Saturday 8-9:45am
  • Please arrive at 7:45am prepared for group sit 7:50am. If you arrive after 7:45am please enter, sign-in, and take your seat quietly.
  • If you are new to practice or just coming back to practice after a period of time, please only go as far as the body's intelligence allows you, stop and take the finishing postures and take rest. You may stay and observe the rest of the class & join in for the closing chant at the end or you may quietly leave when you are finished.
Led Primary Series begins with praising all of our teachers and a setting of intention for practice. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) are then practiced to focus the mental energies in one direction, to heat & lubricate the body for asana practice, and to build upon the ability and endurance to concentrate. Followed with a standing, sitting, and closing series to cleanse the body & mind. Finishing with deep rest and closing chant. Led Ashtanga Vinyasa class offers a way to deepen our understanding of Vinyasa, the breathing and movement system, and its effects on the mind, body, and spirit. Led class is an infusion of energy, insight, and community.

Take Note: Full Moon and New Moon are rest days, there will not be Mysore or Led Primary Class on moon days. All afternoon classes are as scheduled.
Moon phases 2016
New Moon January 9, full moon January 23,
New Moon February 8, full moon February 22
New Moon March 8, full moon March 23
New Moon April 7, full moon April 21
New Moon May 6, full moon May 21
New Moon June 4, full moon June 20
New Moon July 4, full moon July 19
New Moon August 2, full moon August 17
New Moon August 31, full moon September 16
New Moon and September 30, full moon October 15
New Moon October 30, full moon November 14
New Moon November 29, full moon December 13
New Moon December 28