Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of Yoga that was passed down to our teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois during his time of study with his teacher, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, one of the most distinguished yogis of the 20th Century. The practice consists of a dynamic and challenging sequence of postures that flow one after the other, much like a dance. The process produces an intense internal heat and purifying sweat that detoxifies the muscles and organs of the body, resulting in a balanced, calm and lucid mind and a health that permeates all aspects of the being.
“If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter—if we practice without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.”
—Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India
Mysore style classes
Mysore style yoga is arguably the best way to learn Yoga. It blends the best of all worlds: group energy, individual, one-on-one attention, and a self-paced practice. This type of learning is unique within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition and seems to have been the traditional method of teaching Yoga for centuries. The Mysore approach allows each student to practice at his/her own pace and to progress, based on her/his unique physical, mental, and energetic abilities. And yet the student can feel and sense the support and energy of the group, as a whole. The Mysore approach helps to foster a sense of independence, allowing each student to take responsibility for their own practice. Students benefit from an individually prescribed practice while benefiting from the energy and support of the group setting.
This method of teaching is for experienced practitioners, those new to Ashtanga, and those altogether new to yoga. If you are already rooted in an Ashtanga practice, we would love to have you to drop into our community. If you’ve never been to a Mysore class but you’re curious, we’d be honored to introduce you to the practice.
Mission Ashtanga offers Mysore classes Sunday through Friday mornings. The studio is closed on both new and full moon. Check out the Mission Ashtanga Schedule for more details.