“"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.
Ashtanga 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 ashtanga 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.
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 Ashtanga 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.
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 (first 3-4 days).
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:
For questions regarding the mysore program:
Sasha van Aalst - firstname.lastname@example.org