“ Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice yoga.”
— Shri K. Pattabhi Jois
Mysore is named after a town in the south of India, in witch K Pattabhi Jois taught from the 1930s until his death in 2009.
Mysore yoga, the traditional way to practice Ashtanga yoga, it offers a more personalized approach then any other styles of yoga.
Beginners are taught the Surya Namaskara A & B (Susn Salutation A & B) and then the first few postures of the standing sequence. When you have memorized this, the teacher will add a new posture.
One of the best things about practicing Mysore style is that you start at your own pace. When the teacher begins to teach you the sequence, you only go as far as you can. You slowly add on poses to be sure you can remember them.
The beautiful thing about practicing Mysore style in my own experience is that it really forces you to be yourself in a way that can be extremely hard, yet so deep. I have faced a lot of emotional and physical challenges on my mat, but every time I end up feeling a little bit stronger.
And I cannot forget to mention that the community is amazing, If you practice Ashtanga yoga you probably know what I’m talking about, that feeling inside the room, everyone practicing together, struggling in different postures, but the energy of everyone makes you feel supported and rooted. You begin to form bonds and lasting friendships.
Ashtanga is known to be safe and highly effective and transformational. It is proven to be a large international community of students and experienced teachers.
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