About the Mysore 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 Vinyasa Method. The Ashtanga Vinyasa 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 at 12 years old and studied for 20+ years. Patthabhi Jois taught in Mysore for over 60 years. Students came to Patthabhi Jois’ shala (yoga school) in a group setting and practiced independently and at their own pace. He moved about the room assisting and teaching each student individually which created an opportunity to offer meaningful and specific individualized guidance. Today, we honor and continue to find wisdom in this approach in Mysore rooms around the world.
In class, each student learns a set sequence of postures (series) that is customized for them as needed. Students commit what they have learned to memory and mastery and in time each student will gradually receive more postures. The practice grows in length and challenge gradually and over time. Within the series each posture is linked by an efficient transition which keeps the whole practice fluid, even and steady. Each practice (from beginner to advanced) includes standing postures, seated 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 schedule:
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 the Mysore room is open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday:
Please ring the doorbell when you arrive
Tues – Fri: 6am-8:30am
*All Saturday students must park on the street (free meters) or at 12227 Wilkins Ave (7 Locks Brewing lot)
Brand New To Mysore/Ashtanga:
Please come to any Mysore session and take advantage of our Two Weeks Unlimited Mysore (please purchase & sign up online prior to arriving to your first class)
In addition, we offer a supportive Thursday evening guided Ashtanga Inspired group class.
Mysore class pricing:
Two Weeks Unlimited Mysore: $40 (intro special for new, current or out of town visitors who would like to try Mysore. Can only be purchased one time, per person.)
10 class Mysore pass: $180 (expires 1 year from date of purchase)
Monthly Unlimited: $148 (includes access to ALL extendYoga classes + membership perks apply)
Annual Unlimited: $1,350 (includes access to ALL extendYoga classes + membership perks apply)
Mysore Drop In: $22 (visiting yogi w/existing practice)
Please send all inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org concerning special population discounts, ie: Full time students, Seniors (65+), Military.
Questions? email: email@example.com – we are here to help you find your path!
Mysore student testimonials:
The Mysore practice at Extend Yoga is a very special place where new and familiar faces come together to learn a challenging and exciting yoga sequence that strengthens and balances the body, while calming the mind. Donna is a very knowledgeable, caring and experienced Mysore teacher. She will personally guide you and help you grow in your practice. The energy in the room is contagious – I always leave the Mysore class with a feeling of satisfaction.
Mysore changed everything. I found the consistency in sequence more conducive for developing mobility and strength. Now I have a yoga practice I can take anywhere, at home before my toddlers wake, at lunch during a tense workday, outside my tent in the mountains. Mysore has solidified yoga as one of the great practices in my life.
I love the self-practice nature of Mysore and the fact that my mind is active in a different way than a Vinyasa class. Mysore has strengthened my concentration, yoga memory, flexibility, endurance, and balance, in just a few months. I divide my time between Mysore classes and Vinyasa classes and this allows me a balance that is complementary and deeply nourishing. We are fortunate to have Donna, who tailors each student’s practice to their unique needs and abilities. Many thanks for bringing Mysore to Rockville, and to my classmates for their presence and quiet encouragement.