Ashtanga Mysore

Ashtanga Mysore is the traditional way to practice Ashtanga Yoga as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore (city in India). Mysore is a self-guided practice in a group setting where students receive one-on-one personal instructions from the teacher and where everybody works on his/her own pace and ability. Mysore is also suitable for beginners and it’s the best and most safe way to start your yoga practice.

If you ever heard that Mysore is only for advanced ashtanga practitioners, and that you already need to know the sequence by heart before you start, know this is not true. It is in fact where you will learn the sequence and will start to build your practice in a safe way. Teacher will be there with you every step of the way and gradually add postures to your sequence, one at the time and will be available for any questions or doubts during your practice.

Sneak peek in Tula’s Mysore class | Time laps

The big unknown of Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga

Mysore is not only for experienced yogis, but especially helpful for beginners.
Every student receives personal guidance, which helps to start and progress in a safe and pleasant way.

The three main benefits of Ashtanga Mysore:
1. Personal guidance wherever you are in your practice
2. The fixed structure of the Ashtanga practice
3. Practice in your own pace and ability

Prices Ashtanga Mysore classes

Introduction Card

Three classes to try
€45,-

Membership

Monthly unlimited classes
€120,-

10 Class card

Valid for three months
€190,-

Single class

1 class
€20,-

Ashtanga Mysore method

Ashtanga Mysore is a great method to practice Ashtanga Yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga is taught in a led class (group class) or Mysore style.

 

ASHTANGA LED CLASS

A yoga class that is led by a teacher is called a led class. In a led class, the teacher will guide everyone at the same time and in the same pace. When joining this type of class students are expected to practice active listening and try to do the practice within the count, following the cues given by the teacher. Because Ashtanga is a set sequence given to us by the lineage holders long time ago, and we are always repeating the same sequence, for so many of us there is a tendency to fall into an automatic pilot mode. Led classes are a way to step out of that mode and really be present on the mat while following teachers’ cueing.

MYSORE

During an Ashtanga Mysore session you practice the sequence by yourself but under the guidance of a teacher in silence. At the very first mysore session the teacher will check-in with you to hear about any injuries, practice history, pregnancy or anything else that might be relevant for guiding you in a safe way. During the mysore session a teacher is walking around the room and helping everyone individually with verbal cues, but also hands on adjustments. It’s very typical to receive hands on adjustments during the mysore practice to help the students understand the asana, or sometimes to help the student reach the conditions of the pose. However, if on some days a student does not wish to be adjusted (for whatever reason) it’s really OK to let the teacher know that. This is absolutely normal and student should always feel free to say this to the teacher. There are lots of verbal cues available as guidance tool as well.

You do not need to know the entire sequence before starting this practice. There are 6 series in Ashtanga yoga, and everyone that is starting to learn Ashtanga yoga, regardless of their yoga history, is starting their practice with the first one, called Primary Series. When you start to learn Ashtanga, you will start with the first couple of poses and build up slowly from there. The teacher will be the one to decide when the next pose is given and will guide you slowly every step of the way. Every student is different with a different body, capabilities, needs, history and intensions. So every student will receive personal instructions by the teacher. Soon you will notice that changes are happening all the time. You will have to be patient, present, alert and remind yourself that there is no hurry.

MYSORE AT TULA

  • Mysore program at Tula is 6 days per week, with Saturday being the rest day.
  • Mysore self-practice is from Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday is a traditional led class counted in Sanskrit. This traditional led class is guided with very few cues and is meant for students that are already practicing Ashtanga in Mysore style.
  • On Sunday there is a half an hour pranayama session, directly after the Mysore session.
  • Once per month – special class – Asana clinic – 1 hour session where students get to ask and talk about anything asana related.
  • Once per month – special class – Philosophy talks – 45min sessions where we cover many different topics talking about yogic lifestyle, philosophy, any practice struggles that are not asana related.

MOON DAYS
In Ashtanga tradition, asana practice is done 6 days per week with 1 day of rest, and with respecting of the moon phases. Which means we also take rest on both Full and New moon days.
We always add these days to the Tula schedule as MOON DAY – NO MYSORE
You can’t miss it 😉

SCHEDULE ASHTANGA (MYSORE) PROGRAM

MONDAY
07.00 – 09.00 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
18.15 – 19.30 Ashtanga led class (Tula Bos en Lommer)

TUESDAY
07.00 – 09.00 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
18.15 – 19.30 Ashtanga led class (Tula Westerpark)

WEDNESDAY
07.00 – 09.00 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
18.30 – 19.45 Ashtanga led class (Tula Bos en Lommer)

THURSDAY
07.00 – 09.00 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
07.30 – 08.30 Ashtanga led class (Tula Westerpark)

FRIDAY
07.00 – 08.30 Ashtanga led class (Tula Bos en Lommer)

SATURDAY
11.15 – 12.45 Ashtanga led class (Tula Bos en Lommer)

SUNDAY
08.00 – 09.30 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
09.30 – 10.00 Pranayama or Philosophy (Tula Bos en Lommer)
11.30 – 13.00 Ashtanga led class (Tula Westerpark)

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You might have some questions about Mysore if you never practiced it before, so here you can find the most frequently asked questions. You can also check out the short movie on the top of this page which gives you an idea about what a Mysore session looks like.

The class is as long as you need it to be. You will work with the teacher one-on-one to slowly build your own personal practice. Some people are there for 60 minutes and others are there for 90 or more minutes, it all depends on what you need and what can fit into your schedule on that day. Please let your teacher know if you have limited time on a given day and your teacher will guide you on how to fit your practice into your schedule.

Since Mysore Style is a self-paced class, students have the opportunity to move through their practice at their own pace. Students are not limited to the pace and rhythm of a class or an instructor. This provides a unique opportunity for students to streamline the benefits of the yoga practice. Led classes are a necessary part of the Ashtanga Yoga method, because there is a specific pace and rhythm to the practice, and as students we need to be reminded of that occasionally. It’s advised to attend at least 1 led Ashtanga class per week.

Yes! The Mysore class is where students are meant to learn the series! Your teacher will guide you from the beginning, teaching Surya Namaskara A first and leading each student individually based on their personal needs.

No, you do not have to practice 6 days a week. However, it is highly recommended you attend at least 3 Mysore sessions per week. Traditionally in Ashtanga yoga they practice 6 days a week, resting only on Saturdays, Moon Days and lady’s holiday (first three days of menstruation). However, at the beginning this may not be possible. As the body adjusts to the practice, you may slowly start to build up to a practice of more days a week, but we leave this up to you.

YES!! This is why you should do yoga!! Yoga is for all people, and one of the many benefits of a yoga practice is increased flexibility which can lead to less pain, more mobility and increased health throughout the body.

Yes, because yoga is often advised to those dealing with pain or healing from injuries. Please be sure to receive your doctor’s permission to begin any new physical activity when on the path to recovery. And, always tell your yoga teacher if you are experiencing ANY pain or recovering from any injuries, this will help your teacher guide you through a safe yoga practice.

Yes you can, but please inform the yoga teacher as some poses are better to be avoided. You can do an adjusted practice and the teacher will guide you personally through each asana.

No. Try not to eat for 2-3 hours before you practice and for at least 45 minutes after practicing. Try to avoid drinking 1 hour prior to and 30 minutes after practice.

The short video above will give you an idea 🙂

All yogis practice for themselves with the teacher walking around to assist everybody individually.
As can be seen, not everybody starts at the same time, which makes it a dynamic environment to practice in

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