Mysore Ashtanga Yoga

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga – start your day feeling great

This is the traditional method of teaching the Ashtanga Yoga system. Each student is guided through the practice individually whilst in a group setting, focusing on their breath at a pace to suit them. Best of all you don’t need to know the Ashtanga sequence as our Mysore teacher; Lauren is there to guide you through your practice.

Why sign up?

  • It’s great way for existing practitioners to take their practice to the next level and develop a deeper sense of focus
  • It’s the best way for beginners to learn as they are taught individually at a pace to suit them
  • A chance to learn a traditional practice as it’s taught in India
  • Personalised assistance from the teacher, tailored to your needs
  • Join a community of like-minded practitioners.

The benefits of a regular Mysore practice include:

  • Improved fitness levels and bodily functioning
  • Increased flexibility and stamina
  • Improved concentration
  • A greater sense of well-being and connection to yourself and others.

This is the best way for you to start your yoga journey!

Don’t panic if you can’t touch your toes. Old or young, stiff or flexible, fit or unfit anyone can do this practice. All you need is a willingness to learn and a desire to get on the mat.

All newcomers learn a very straightforward, flowing sequence known as surya namaskar or the sun salute followed by some seated, breathing exercises and a relaxation.

Your first practice will be between 30 and 45 minutes depending on how much time you have; and from then it will grow at a pace to suit you.

Sessions run from 6.30am to 9.00am Monday to Friday and 8am – 10am on Saturdays (with the exception of moon days when we don’t practice Mysore Ashtanga Yoga – see list of dates at the bottom of this page)

Drop in anytime during the session; just make sure you arrive no later than 30 mins before the end so you have enough time to do your practice.

Special Intro Offer
Try any of our classes for 14 days for £30
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Drop in – £13 members / £15 non-member
Monthly pass £110

Moon Days 2018
Traditionally Ashtanga yoga is six day a week practice, with rest days taken once a week, as well as on a Full Moon and a New Moon (moon days). So, there will be no class on these days:
Full Moon: Tue 2nd and Wed 31st, New Moon: Wed 17th
Full Moon: Thu 15th
Full Moon: Fri 2nd and Sat 31st, New Moon: Sat 17th
Full Moon: Mon 16th, New Moon: Mon 30th
Full Moon: Tue 15th, New Moon: Tue 29th
Full Moon: Wed 13th, New Moon: Thu 28th
Full Moon: Fri 13th, New Moon: Fri 27th
Full Moon: Sat 11th, New Moon: Sun 26th
Full Moon: Sun 9th, New Moon: Tue 25th
Full Moon: Tue 9th, New Moon: Wed 24th
Full Moon: Wed 7th, New Moon: Fri 23rd
Full Moon: Fri 7th, New Moon: Sat 22nd

About Lauren


Lauren has been practicing yoga since her early twenties. She is a long-term student and assistant of Hamish Hendry, one of the worlds most senior ashtanga teachers, and has been making annual trips to study at the source of Ashtanga Yoga, the Sri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India since 2010. She received authorisation to teach the ashtanga system from Sharath Jois in 2013, and has assisted him at the Institute on two occasions. Lauren feels it is important to spend time at the source of Ashtanga Yoga (KPJAYI) and returns annually to keep her connection to the lineage alive.

Lauren is passionate about sharing yoga with those who wouldn’t ordinarily practice and believes yoga is accessible to anyone regardless of age, fitness or ability. Her teaching is traditional, honouring the Ashtanga lineage whilst at the same time being light hearted. She feels it’s important create a supportive environment for students to explore their practice and to build a sense of community within the class. As well a 500hour Yoga Alliance Accreditation and KPJAYI Authorisation, Lauren also holds a Diploma in Yoga Therapy gained via Yoga Campus, this gives her an insight into working with students with injuries or specific health concerns.

You can’t change the world, you can only change yourself” R Sharath Jois

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If you want to know more about the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, read on…

Yoga can be practiced by anyone, whether young, old, very old, healthy or sick. Even so, the way in which a young person is taught will differ in manner from the way in which an old or sick person will be taught. Therefore, each student must be considered as an individual and taught at a pace that is suitable for their situation in life.

All students commence their instruction in the same manner in which on the first day of class they are taught Surya Namaskar A, followed by Padmasana and deep breathing, and a few minutes of rest to conclude their first day of practice. The next day after Surya Namaskar A has been performed, Surya Namaskar B is taught, and one then again concludes in the same method as the previous day, with Padmasana, deep breathing, and rest. After both of the Surya Namaskar have been learned correctly, each of the various asanas are added one by one. When one asana is correct, the next one is taught. Depending on the age and ability of the student, it can take anywhere upwards of 3 months to learn the primary series.

The format of the practice always remains the same; one always begins practice with Surya Namaskar, concludes with Padmasana and rest, and the various asanas gradually fill the space between these two poles. Learning yoga in this traditional manner benefits the student on many levels. It is possible for one to gain independence and confidence in their sadhana (spiritual practice), as well, something truly becomes one’s own when they learn it by heart. It is through the daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga that we draw it into ourselves, understand it, and become proficient in its methods, thereby reaping its wide range of benefits. For this to be accomplished, a slow, dedicated and patient approach is best.

Vinyasa means careful linking of breath and movement. The Surya Namaskar and each of the successive asanas are comprised of a particular number of vinyasas. Vinyasa creates heat in the body, which warms the blood. The warmed blood passes through the muscles, nerves, internal organs and glands, removes toxins from them, and carries them out through the sweat. This is how the process of purification begins. It is important that the student does not rush ahead doing too many asanas, and allows the body to be gradually purified. If one rushes ahead quickly, it is possible for sickness to occur, rather than purification. It is important that the teacher checks to ensure that the position of the body and the movement of breath are correct in each asana before moving the student forward so that one may reap the proper benefit of Ashtanga Yoga.

The method of Yoga taught at KPJAYI is that which has been told by the ancient Sage Vamana in his text called “Yoga Korunta.” Although many books on Yoga have been written, Vamana is the only one who has delineated a complete practical method. In the 1920’s, the Yogi and Sanskrit Scholar, T. Krishnamacharya traveled to Calcutta where he transcribed and recorded the Yoga Korunta, which was written on palm leaves and was in a bad state of decay, having been partially eaten by ants. Later, Krishnamacharya passed on these teachings to the late Pattabhi Jois, whose school continues to teach this method today.

Vamana Rishi taught “Vina Vinyasa Yogena asanadih na karayet” – do not do yoga without Vinyasa. Vamana is telling one by one, and vinyasa, no problem.A

Please note the importance of learning the Ashtanga method only from a traditionally trained KPJAYI authorized teacher. Only a qualified teacher can provide the necessary guidance to assure safe, steady progress without injury to body or mind!

Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute
235 8th Cross, 3rd Stage
Gokulam, Mysore
570002, Karnataka, India

© 2009 Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Please honor its authenticity and distribute only in unaltered form.

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