Ashtanga Mysore

≙ Let our Ashtanga yoga teacher Sabrina Wandl introduce you to the Mysore Program in Amsterdam

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 in 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 expect that Mysore is only for advanced ashtanga practitioners, and that you already need to know the sequence by heart before you start, no worries. The Mysore class is actually where you will learn the sequence and will start to build your practice in a safe way. The teacher will be there with you every step of the way and gradually add postures to your sequence, one at the time.

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

Start practicing Ashtanga Mysore at Tula

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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 at the same pace. In a led class students move through the Ashtanga Yoga sequence in synchronicity on the cue of the teacher.

Ashtanga Yoga is meant to be a moving meditation, by moving together this key purpose of Ashtanga Yoga will become very evident. Moving with your own breath at a steady pace, while keeping your mind calm is the purpose of Ashtanga Yoga which Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras already describes as ‘ Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind’.

Therefore, the practice helps us to control our minds.

MYSORE STYLE

During an Ashtanga Mysore session every student in the Mysore room practices (a part of) the sequence individually, following their own pace, under the guidance of the teacher.

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 walks around the room 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.

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 begin with the first couple of poses and build up slowly from there until your body is ready for the next pose. This is to prevent injuries and so you can remember the sequence by yourself.

MYSORE AT TULA

  • The Mysore program at Tula is 6 days per week, with Sunday being the rest day.
  • Mysore self-practice is from Monday to Saturday and every first Friday of the month 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 Saturday there is a half an hour pranayama session, directly after the Mysore session.
  • Once or twice per month we host a special class / philosophy talks. These are one hour sessions where we cover many different topics, talking about yogic lifestyle, philosophy/the Yoga sutras, purpose and techniques of Pranayama, Meditation etc.
  • You receive regular newsletters with information on the dates and topics of the special classes and free meditations you can join.

MOON DAYS
In Ashtanga tradition, asana practice is done 6 days per week with 1 day of rest, and with respect 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 😉

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SCHEDULE ASHTANGA (MYSORE) PROGRAM

MONDAY
07.00 – 09.00 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
16.45 – 18.00 Ashtanga led class (Tula Bos en Lommer)

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

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

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

FRIDAY
07.00 – 09.00 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
Every first Friday of the month (traditional led class counted in Sanskrit for the Mysore community)

SATURDAY
07.00 – 08.30 Mysore (Tula Bos en Lommer)
08:30 – 09:00 Pranayama class (Tula Bos en Lommer)
11.15 – 12.45 Ashtanga led class (Tula Bos en Lommer)

SUNDAY
Rest day – no Mysore


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MOON DAYS 2024

Sunday, 10th of March
Monday, 25th of March
Monday, 8th of April
Wednesday, 24th of April
Wednesday, 8th of May
Thursday, 23rd of May

Thursday, 6th of June
Saturday, 22nd of June
Saturday, 6th of July
Sunday, 21st of July
Sunday, 4th of August
Monday, 19th of August
Tuesday, 3rd of September

Wednesday, 19th of September
Wednesday, 2nd of October
Thursday, 17th of October
Friday, 1st of November
Friday, 15th of November
Sunday, 1st of December
Sunday, 15th of December

During National Holidays the program will be as follows:
7.00 – 8.30 Mysore Practice
8.30 – 9.00 Pranayama

Holidays days 2024/2025:

  • 2e Pinksterdag: 20th May 2024
  • Goede Vrijdag: 18th April 2025
  • Paasmaandag: 21st April 2025
  • Bevrijdingsdag: 5th May 2025
  • Hemelvaartsdag: 29th May 2025
  • Pinkstermaandag Maandag, 9 Juni 2025

There is no Mysore on Kerstavond, 1e and 2e Kerstdag / Nieuwjaarsavond and Nieuwjaarsdag

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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