The Mysore Program is a method of practice for the Astanga Yoga sequence, a series of postures connected by powerful movement, breath, and attention. This is the traditional method for learning Astanga, which is taught through one-on-one instruction from a teacher.
Mysore is the name of a city in south India where Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois studied with his teacher T. Krishnamacharya and taught this yoga practice for many decades to students from his own home. Practitioners come in and work at their own pace and ability with the teacher's supervision. New postures are slowly added to enable students to memorise the sequence and form a daily practice aligned with their individual needs. It is a safe class for all levels, from beginners to long-term practitioners. The Mysore program runs six days a week. Benefits come from regular attendance, and we encourage you to commit to a few days a week, working up to six days if and when possible.
Level of Self-Practice
The Mysore Program is on the schedule at the level of “self-practice.” Please do not let this hold back your enthusiasm for learning the Astanga method in the traditional way, with us in the Mysore room. No prior knowledge is needed, and the sequence does not need to be memorised before you start. If you are curious and would like to observe the Mysore room before committing to practice, please email the teacher at the location you will be attending. We will be happy to have you.
Astanga Mysore for Beginners
There are also a few Mysore Beginners classes on the schedule, which you might like to attend to get a little more guidance at the start. New students may find their first visit is only 20-30 minutes long but will increase each visit as their practice grows. Please note that the Mysore Beginners classes are limited to 75 minutes, as they only serve the purpose to introduce you to the basics of the Mysore practice. After a couple of these classes, you are more than ready to join the regular program.
Experienced Astanga Led
You may see the “experienced” Astanga led class offered on Fridays. This full led primary class is for those with some experience with the Astanga sequence as there is less verbal instruction. However, once somewhat familiar with the beginning of the sequence, students are encouraged to attend this class weekly and simply follow along until they reach their final Mysore class posture in the series or are instructed to stop.
Advice for your Mysore Practice
• Practice for a maximum of six days a week. Make sure you reserve one day of rest. In our programs, a rest day is taken on Saturdays.
• If you have an injury or sickness, practice with the intention to heal, and let your teacher know so you can adjust your practice safely.
• The room is mostly silent, and the teacher (and assistant) walk around to help students individually. While you will receive verbal instructions to learn new postures, most of the assists will be in the form of "hands-on adjustments". Should you have any injuries or sensitivities in your body, please inform the teacher at the beginning of your practice.
• During your menstrual cycle (ladies holiday), we traditionally rest from Mysore practice on the heaviest days. This observance is both for the physical and the subtle body.
• Don’t practice if you have a fever. When in doubt, try a few Surya Namaskara on your own at home. If you are contagious or very weak, please stay at home.
• Avoid wearing strong and synthetic fragrances as it can be irritating to fellow practitioners.
• Take a shower in the morning or the night before so that you can remove oils and lotions, and come to practice clean.
• No warm-up is necessary. Keep your energy and intention up by entering and beginning the practice.
• Drop-ins are welcome for regular practitioners visiting from out of town or from other schools.
• Once you start fostering a regular practice, you might appreciate having your own mat. There are racks in all locations where you can store your mat, space permitting. Keep your mat clean (there are spray bottles with mat cleaner in each studio you can use at the end of your practice; also good to keep your mat unrolled outside for some fresh air once in a while - at home).
• To make efficient use of the space in the room, we ask you to come and practice at the stated schedule times. There is a bit of flexibility around the starting time, so you can start up to 15 minutes before or after the stated starting time. Make sure your practice ends before the end of the shift (including rest time).
• At De Clercqstraat, during the 10.00 - 12.00 shift from Monday to Friday, new parents are welcome to bring their babies into the practice room (currently suspended due to Covid safety measures).
• We have a reduced number of spots available in Mysore classes, due to the 1,5-meter distance guidelines. We ask you to therefore be on time and to be mindful about ending your practice in time. Please make sure to be familiar with our in-studio regulations before joining any class (you can find it here).
• Because of the 2-hour class cancellation policy, you will most likely find a spot available for the Mysore class online within 2 hours from start. There is also a waiting list available, so you'll receive an email every time a spot opens up. You still have to manually proceed and book a spot, as it doesn't happen automatically from the waiting list.
• The 10.00 - 12.00 morning shift at DC is currently suspended and the evening program only runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
• There are currently only a few beginners Mysore classes on the schedule. Bear in mind that as a beginner you are welcome to join the regular Mysore Program classes - always!
• We offer less hands-on adjustments than we used to, and you are very welcome to ask the teacher for hands-on help or to request no physical contact at all. If you do want to be adjusted, please bring an extra clean towel to practice, which the teacher will use to adjust you.
• Opening chant: the teacher will softly chant the opening mantra, you are kindly requested to chant along quietly (in your mind only).
• If you are using a water spray bottle, walls or props, please sanitize your hands before touching it.
• If you are completely new to Astanga and want to start with Mysore Practice but are unsure about coming to the studio, we would recommend you to start your practice at home online. You can follow the "Beginners Astanga: Step by Step" journey we offer in our online library, until you feel comfortable to join the in-studio Mysore Program.
• If you have paused your membership during lockdown and want to start practicing again now, please reactivate your membership online in your "MyDelight" account or contact our Student Care team to ask for help.
• If you need any extra support for your practice or have any other questions, please get in touch with your teacher via email.
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We are very happy to welcome Petri back to The Hague, to directly experience the therapeutic effects of Astanga Yoga - from the hands of a great healer - and to learn more about Primary and Intermediate series techniques, workshops on samadhi's and bandhas as well as mind therapy and practicing self-healing.
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