Mysore (Open to Ashtanga Practitioners)

Mysore is a style of yogasana practice called Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instructions. Mysore style gives students space to focus. The cue to move on to the next posture comes from the student’s own breath, instead of the teacher's instructions. Students can therefore spend a little longer time, work at their own pace, on something that they find challenging. In effect, students become their own teacher. When a student is unable to do a certain pose or transition (vinyasa) the teacher shall suggest an easier option. This practice is characterised by the sound of ujjayi breathing, which is a powerful, rhythmic and heating breathing technique that is performed throughout the practice. Since every student in the class works at their own pace, it may appear to a novice as though everyone is doing something different. This may also cut down on the elements of competition and comparison among students. Little verbal instruction is given, and when it is given it is usually whispered only to the student it is intended for, for the benefit of that student. Adjustments are an important part of Mysore style practice. This is where experienced teachers use their hands to guide the students’ body into a pose to support them or to correct their alignment. For example, student learns to place his/her trust on the teacher as the teacher helps the student getting into headstand for the first time.

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