Mysore Program

“"Yoga is the process of ending the definitions of the field of consciousness."”

~Translation by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, in Yoga Mala, Mysore, 1997

Astanga at your own pace

The transmission of this tradition has always been from one person to another, in an intuitive, receptive and guiding relationship. In the Mysore Program, the practice will be taught one-on-one as a self-practice within the supportive context of community.  No experience or prior knowledge of the sequence is required, just some curiosity and a willingness to learn. You will be carefully guided through the series step by step and at your own pace. By learning to practice on your own in this way, you have the opportunity to foster a regular form of ritual to nourish and observe as it grows. The mysore room is open daily for all levels to embrace being students together in a clear, safe and encouraging space. 

Astanga yoga is a living tradition that has been passed down through a lineage of devotion to practical experience, experiment and study. This ancient method was taught by Vamana Rishi through a text called Yoga Korunta. Rama Mohan Bramachari transmitted the Korunta to his student T. Krishnamacharya in 1900. He in turn passed these teachings down to Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois who began his studies with Krishnamacharya in 1927. Together they formed the astanga yoga system whereby the sequencing of movement combined with the internal forms of the practice (breath, posture and drishti/steady gaze) enable the student to engage in a regular ritual of focused movement, creating space to be present. Today the knowledge of this practice is held and spread through Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ grandson, R. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, and by many dedicated practitioners all over the world. 

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 sequence is taught under the guidance of a teacher, one-on-one in the Mysore room, within the supportive context of community. This allows the teacher to help each student develop a practice at his (her) own pace, working through any imbalances or issues while progressing further than a led class can allow.

The Mysore Program is on the schedule at the level of self-practice. Please don’t let this hold back your enthusiasm for learning the Astanga method traditionally with us in the Mysore room. No prior knowledge is needed, and the sequence does not need to be memorised before you start. The Mysore room is open for everyone and you will be guided at your own pace. If you are curious about the tradition and considering taking up a regular practice, it is encouraged to attend one or two Mysore Beginners classes before you decide to commit to regular practice. In the Mysore Beginners class the foundation of the practice will be explained and the very beginning of the sequence will be taught in a clear, safe and encouraging space.


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