• Mysore Practice

    The first thing you’ll notice is that everyone is working differently in the room. Advanced and beginning students practice side by side. This is because the practice is introduced to each student systematically and individually based on physical, mental and energetic appetite and aptitude.

    The first thing you’ll notice is that everyone is working differently in the room. Advanced and beginning students practice side by side.

    Another distinguishing and very important element to this practice is silence. By removing any and all external assistance to bolster or provoke, the practitioner works with their natural state of mind and being, free of external stimuli. It is in this most genuine and sincere relationship between the body, mind and spirit that the practitioner can recalibrate and transform the internal compass.

    This method also teaches independence allowing the student to take full responsibility for their practice. Practitioners can often fall into ruts and eventually plateau. Similarly in a led classes students may become dependent on an external source to provide sequencing instructions, emotional cues, etc. further deepening dependence on external stimuli. In the Mysore room you are working directly with the teacher under their watchful eye. The teacher will adjust the student as needed, will advise when necessary, and will advance the student when appropriate.

    NEW TO MYSORE – NEW TO YOGA

    Mysore is often misunderstood as a class only for advanced students. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The safest and best way to learn the Ashtanga method is within a Mysore setting.
    From the first day, each student works one-on-one with the teacher. For example, on the first day, a student will be guided through Surya Namaskar A, B, Padmasana and Savasana (rest). Thereafter, postures are given one-by-one, but in a specific sequential order and slowly, slowly, new postures are introduced. In this way, a practitioner works within their ability and at the same time, will work on becoming steady and stable in the current postures. This ensures a solid foundation is in place before adding more poses.

    NEW TO MYSORE – WITH YOGA EXPERIENCE

    The Mysore room is perhaps the safest and best setting to learn advanced poses. Practicing 5 or 6 days a week with the same teacher allows for the teacher-student relationship to deepen. From that base, obstacles, fear and anxiety surrounding certain postures will be met with more ease and grace.

    All students new to Mysore, regardless of experience, begin the same way. Each student works one-on-one with the teacher.

    All students new to Mysore, regardless of experience, begin the same way. Each student works one-on-one with the teacher. For example, on the first day, a student will be guided through Surya Namaskar A, Padmasana and then they will take rest. Thereafter, postures are given one-by-one, but in a specific sequential order and slowly new postures are introduced. In this way, a practitioner works within their ability and at the same time, will work on becoming steady and stable in the current postures. This ensures a solid foundation is in place before adding more poses. It may feel at first like the practice is too short but with patience and trust, re-building and refining the foundation will provide a more than adequate understanding of the practice. No doubt you will be working exactly where you should be.

    TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP

    With so many styles of yoga and so many teachers, how can a practitioner stay grounded? How to live yoga as opposed to just ‘doing’ yoga?

    It’s been said in India that ‘taking more than one teacher is like taking more than one wife.’ In America, it’s quite different where the questioning mind is seen as a sign of intelligence and independence. We live in a time where faster is better and fierce autonomy are the standard of living.

    The teacher student relationship brings it back to the simplest recipe of mutual respect and trust. It is through this vehicle that the teachings and transmission of Ashtanga Yoga are possible. 

    COMMITMENT TO THE PRACTICE

    This system is to be practiced daily (5-6 days a week). It is through the daily practice that the benefits reveal themselves. It is easy to move and sway with the thoughts, desires, preferences and opinions of the mind. The challenge lies in remaining steady and stable through those peaks and valleys.

    This system is to be practiced daily (5-6 days a week). Drop-ins are for out of town students and those with an established practice.

    It may be difficult at first to commit to a daily practice and may take time to get this rhythm established. That said, you will gain more benefit and experience the fruits of this system through daily practice.

    Drop-ins are for out of town students and those with an established practice.

    REST DAYS

    • Saturdays
    • New and Full Moon Days (visit schedule for moon calendar)
    • First 3 days of menstruation

    ADJUSTMENTS

    Adjustments are meant to correct alignment and form. They can also provide physical and energetic references for students to integrate on the mat. In a Mysore room students can expect to receive hands-on adjustments from the teacher. Students should not expect to receive adjustments all the time. The teachings happen through the practice and not by dependance on the teacher. Generally as most students progress the need and desire for adjustments decreases. In fact, most advanced practitioners begin to find them a distraction.

    CLASS ETIQUETTE

    • Please refrain from eating 2 hours prior to practice and 30 mins after practice
    • Please bathe before practice.
    • Please ensure your mat, rug, towel and other yoga gear are clean and odor free
    • Please leave bags and clothes 
    • Please do not wear any jewelry/watches on wrists
    • Please refrain from wearing any and all scented products (perfumes, deoderants, etc)
    • Please refrain from wearing lotions, moisturizers or oils (makes skin slippery making it difficult to adjust safely)
    • Please communicate any injuries or illnesses to the teacher
    • Enjoy your practice

    MORE INFORMATION

    Please read through all practice information, especially if you are new to Mysore or visiting Ashtanga Yoga Charlotte for the first time.