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:
Astanga Yoga 5-days Mysore Practice
With Maria Paola Stefani & Sergio Rossetti
Starting on 11 July 2018
Lino Miele’s most senior teachers, Maria Paola and Sergio will be with us in Amsterdam from 11 to 15 July 2018. They run the Astanga Yoga Research Institute in Rome and have nearly 20 years experience teaching astanga in the traditional method.
Astanga Yoga: Practice Foundation Course
With Jurre & Megan
Starting on 01 September 2018
Would you like to broaden your understanding of astanga yoga or would you like to establish a regular practice? Get confident with the three main aspects of the astanga yoga system: breath, bandhas and drishti and get a solid base from which you can continue your self-practice.
Prison Yoga Workshop
With James Fox
Starting on 29 September 2018
Share the power of yoga with people impacted by trauma. The Prison Yoga Project, in collaboration with Delight Yoga, is offering a special workshop for yoga teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with people who have been impacted by trauma.