“Ashtanga Yoga Mysore is 99% practice and 1% theory.”
About Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore is a sequence of postures linked by movement and breath. This system comprises three series of Asana called Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A, B, C & D. The Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning body therapy. The Intermediate Series is called ‘Nadi Shodhana’, meaning nervous system purification. The Advanced Series (A, B, C & D) are collectively known as Sthira Bhaga or steady strength.
Although it is important to learn the postures in the correct order with the Ashtanga Yoga method, it is the cultivation of the breath that is paramount. By focusing on the breath rather than just the achievement of the postures, the practice brings you into deeper contact with your Self.
The linking of breath with movement is the foundation of the tradition as it combines the three elements of Breath, Body and Mind; that is, Pranayama, Asana and Drishti. These are known as the Tristhanam, or the three places of attention.The breath is the vehicle by which the body and mind are observed, purified and transcended. It is through self-practice and self-observation that a non-judgmental attitude can be developed. This peaceful quality is particularly cultivated by focusing on the flowing nature of the breath.
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes are suitable for beginners as well as longtime practitioners because every student is taught individually. In other words, each student is given a one-on-one lesson within the classroom setting in order that he or she can progress through the Ashtanga Yoga series’ at their own pace and according to his or her individual needs. For these reasons it is arguably the most effective and enjoyable way to properly learn Yoga. You do not have to keep up with anyone else, you do not have to keep looking up to the front of the room to see what the teacher is doing so you can haphazardly try to mimic him/her; you do not have to feel foolish as if people are watching you to either see what to do next or to compare themselves to you. In the Mysore classroom no one else is watching you but the teacher, as other students are focused on their own personal practice. It takes all the intimidation out of yoga.
At Union Yoga our Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes are taught by highly experienced yoga teachers who are dedicating their lives to practicing, studying and teaching traditional Ashtanga Yoga.
Our Morning Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Programme
All students that enroll will have the opportunity to arrange a brief, private consultation with the Mysore Tutor (Ben).
17 Hours of Teaching Per Week
Early morning classes run between 6am – 9am (you can arrive at any time), Monday – Friday. Our Saturday class begins slightly later at 8am.
Monday Led Class
Our morning Monday class begins at 6am, where Ben will lead the group through the Full Primary, The Moon Sequence or the Lion Sequence as approriate.
New Moon & Full Moon Sequences
Ashtanga Yoga is about building energy, and being a part of the earth the energy of the planets have an effect on us. During the time of the new and full moon the ebb and flow of this moon directed energy reaches peaks. On these days you can choose to take a break – or you can attend the class where Ben will guide us through the Moon Sequence.
In 2014 of my Yoga Journey led me on a nine month pilgrimage to Bali and India. It was during this time that I delved deeply into my own practise of asana and meditation, completing courses with Matthew and 10 day Vipassana Meditations. I found this time of introspection and exploration allowed me space to create and define myself in new ways.
I love soaring across the realms of body movement and climb the mountains of contemplation. I hope to expound some of this creative and committed passion to my students.Ben, Union Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Teacher