Mysore is the name of a small city in south India where Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois studied this tradition with his teacher T. Krishnamacharya and taught the method to students from his home. The practice is taught one-on-one as a self-practice within the supportive context of community.
Aside from regular self-practice, following a led class a few times a month is encouraged to learn the correct vinyasa for the sequence. One vinyasa is a breath and a movement linked together. The different series are made up of a continuous string of vinyasas. There’s no need to remember all the vinyasas you have been instructed in the led class if your self-practice is part of it at this time.
New students are welcome to learn this tradition from scratch, no experience or prior knowledge of the sequence is required, just some curiosity and a willingness to learn. If you are curious would like to observe the dynamic of the Mysore room before committing yourself to practice, please set up an appointment by email.
When you start, note that the first few practices will be shorter than you may be used to. Don’t worry - as you nourish it, it will grow.
Try to commit to one month initially, 3-6 days a week to give yourself a good chance to enjoy the benefits and to foster a regular, dedicated routine.
Give your body rest and do what it is working hard to do during the heavy part of your menstrual cycle.
Take rest on new moon and full moon days. In Hindu tradition there are other rituals of worship to carry out on these days, so a little extra time is welcomed to make room on these days. For us, an extra day of rest is welcomed too as well as learning to live in accordance with the natural rhythms and cycles of the sun, moon, seasons and our bodies.
Don’t practice with a fever. When in doubt try a few surya namaskara and then you’ll figure out what to do.
If you have an injury, practice with the intention to heal.
Bring yourself to the practice clean - clean clothes, clean body and a clean intention.
Please try to avoid wearing strong or synthetic fragrances as our senses become sensitive due to the purifying nature of the practice and some fellow practitioners may become overwhelmed or distracted.
Once you start fostering a regular practice, you might appreciate having your own mat. Keep your mat clean.
On Fridays parents are welcome to bring their babies to the third shift at De Clercqstraat (10.00-12.00)
For questions regarding the mysore program:
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