History of the Practice:
Mysore Practice is named after the city in India, where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived and worked as a Sanskrit Scholar and Professor of Yoga. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is recognized as the primary teacher and founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Method. The Ashtanga Yoga Method is a systematized form of the practice he learned from his guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya the father of modern Yoga. Jois began his study with Krishnamacharya when he was 12 years old and studied with him for over 20 years. Patthabhi Jois would continue to teach his Ashtanga Yoga Method in Mysore for over 60 years. Students came to Patthabhi Jois’ shala(yoga school) in a group setting where people practiced independently and at their own pace. He moved about the room assisting and teaching each student individually which created an opportunity for him to offer meaningful and specific individualized guidance.
In class, each student learns a set sequence of postures over time that is appropriate and customized for them and as they commit the sequence to memory and mastery (a steady breath and ease of movement) each student in time will receive more postures. The practice grows in length and challenge gradually until the series is complete and they begin the next series. Ashtanga Vinyasa is an approach to practice which incorporates a precise melding of breath, gaze and posture. Each posture is linked by an efficient transition which keeps the whole practice fluid, even and steady. As the practice is refined over time breath and movement are unified in a moving meditation. Each practice (from beginner to advanced) includes standing postures, back bends (modified to complex) and a closing sequence consisting of inversions (modified to complex), pranayama and seated meditation; all followed by rest. We encourage you to come as you are… no need to prepare or memorize anything beforehand!
Mysore class at extendYoga + details
The room is open for ~two hours. Students may begin their practice anytime within that time frame. Each student begins and ends their practice on their own schedule. An individual’s Practice can generally range from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
–Currently we are holding Mysore room is open Tuesday & Friday 6am-8:30am and Saturday 7:30am-9:30am–
Signing up for Mysore classes at extendYoga:*
6am-8:30am (Tues, Fri)
7:30am-9:30am (Sat)** (see parking note below)
*During our pilot month(s), we will accept all regular class passes. Eventually, we will shift to Mysore only pass/drop-ins. More details to come.
**All Saturday students must park on the street (free meters) or at 12227 Wilkins Ave (7 Locks Brewing lot)
Helpful information about Mysore yoga/classes:
https://youtu.be/eXizVuygD3M (Kino Macgregor -brief description of Mysore)
https://youtu.be/4D1ZQ7BNuG8 (David Keil interview Q&A)
https://youtu.be/mlpfRWy75XI (What to expect in class)
Questions? email: mysore@extendYoga.com – we are here to help you find your path!