Mysore is a city in the south of India where the source of Astanga Yoga, KPJAYI is located. Mysore style is the traditional method of learning and practicing Astanga yoga.
The philosophy behind Mysore style is that we are all different, hence no guided class can fit the needs of everybody. In Mysore class students practice independently at their own pace and level of ability in a group setting. All instructions are given one-on-one, and the teacher is present to give help in the postures and guidance with the practice.
To attend the Mysore class you don’t need any experience, strength or flexibility. Mysore practice will build up all that in a safe and effective way, and chances are your practice will take off very quickly. Remembering the sequence is not a requirement either. The teacher will help you to work at your own pace and build up your personal routine.
Mysore practice builds up independence and confidence, nurtures the seed of self-awareness and presence, and allows the deeper aspects of yoga to unfold naturally. You will most likely learn more about your yoga practice in a month of attending a Mysore style class than a year spent attending only led classes. All you need is a motivation to learn.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita
“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita