Mysore Ashtanga Yoga

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga – start your day feeling great

This is the traditional way to practice the Ashtanga Yoga system, originating from the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. In this class, each student receives individual teaching within a group environment. By learning to follow your own breath and work at your own pace, you learn the Ashtanga series (a set sequence of yoga postures) in a safe and steady way, dependent on your needs, one posture at a time.

In Mysore style Ashtanga there is emphasis upon three elements: Asana (yoga posture), Vinyasa (connecting breath and movement), and Drishti (gazing point). Together, these 3 elements (tristhana) combine as a method to purify the body, the nervous system, the sense organs, and bring control of the mind.

We all start with the Primary Series, also known as Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy). Our teacher Louise is there to give guidance, assistance and physical adjustments as needed.

Why choose Mysore style Ashtanga?

  • This is a way for existing practitioners to develop and deepen their practice
  • It is the best way for beginners to learn as the practice is tailored to each individual’s needs and pace (as yoga is traditionally taught)
  • This practice yields both physical and psychological benefits
  • A daily class creates a sense of community with like-minded practitioners
    This is the chance to learn a traditional lineage-based system of yoga originating from India
  • An early morning practice allows you to create dedicated space for yoga before life gets in the way

A Mysore style Ashtanga practice can take between 30 and 90 minutes on average, depending on how much the student has learnt. To feel the optimal benefits of this practice, a minimum commitment of 3 times a week practice is advised, although individuals are always welcome to drop in as and when they can.
Even when life is demanding, you always have the option to get on your mat by adjusting the length of your practice as necessary.

Beginners are always welcome, and Mysore style Ashtanga is a traditional way for beginners to start practicing yoga.

Old or young, stiff or flexible, fit or unfit, anyone can do this practice. All that’s needed is the intention to want to begin.

All newcomers learn a very straightforward, flowing sequence called Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), followed by some restorative seated exercises and a relaxation. This builds the connection with breath and body.

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:

  • 6.15am to 8.30am Monday to Friday and 8am to 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.
  • First Saturday of every month is a Traditional Counted Led Primary Series

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
Ultimate Health Package £95

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 Louise

Louise discovered Astanga yoga in 2009, and soon developed a daily Mysore practise. She hasn’t looked back since, and continues to find daily inspiration with her teacher Hamish Hendry, with whom she is currently studying the Astanga Advanced A series. Louise also regularly studies with R. Sharath Jois in London and Mysore, India.

Louise began teaching in 2011 through the traditional method of apprenticing with her teacher. She has taught continuously since then, and is deeply grateful for the opportunity to share Astanga yoga with in the traditional Mysore style.

Louise has a deep-rooted sense of awe, wonder and respect for the healing and transformation that yoga brings.

Louise currently studies Sanskrit alongside an M.A. in The Traditions of Yoga and Meditation, and is also a qualified Arts Psychotherapist.
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