Mysore means that everyone in the class is practicing the Ashtanga sequence on their own. Each student practices at their own pace, in their own home, in silence. As the teacher, I will not be calling out what pose is next. So…how do you know what to do? I will teach you! Magic!
Most of the students in this class will already know the Ashtanga sequence; they know the order and what pose is next. I may remind them if they forget a pose, or I may call out a small adjustment for them to make. And sometimes students will come forward to ask me a question. All of this is okay during Mysore. It’s as though we are all in an art class, quietly working on our own creative project, but we can reach out to the teacher at any moment. That’s Mysore.
If you do not know the Ashtanga sequence and the poses, this is when I will teach you. (Yes, this means other students will hear me teaching you, but they won’t seeeeee you!) The sequence consists of 50 poses. Each pose is held for 5 breaths, in and out through your nose. We will focus on Tristana, or three points: the pose, the gaze or drishti (where to look), and the breath.
Mysore class is IDEAL for beginners, as you have the opportunity to practice by yourself, to your own rhythm and learn as you go. Is it scary? Maybe at first…but after your first class, it won’t feel scary. You’ll see that everyone respects each other’s space and really, no one is paying attention to your practice. Everyone is more focused on their own practice and their breath and remembering themselves what comes next! And don’t worry, everyone forgets a pose now and then (even me!).
An example of the Ashtanga Primary Sequence can be found here. This is NOT meant to be printed out and placed aside your mat so you can use it as a cheat sheet (I see you Mitch). Instead, you will learn the sequence slowly. Typically, on your first class, I’ll teach you the sun salutations (Surya Namaskar A) and maybe the second set of sun salutations (Surya Namaskar B). Then a closing sequence and that’s it for the first day. The beauty of Ashtanga is that your practice will build over time. We don’t ask you to run 18 miles the first day, it’s a work in progress. Simply showing up is the most important thing you can do for yourself. (The 18 miles will happen on another day!)
Please note: ideally, practice should be done on an empty stomach (no eating 2 hours prior), in a warm spot and without music. Tune in to your internal experience.
Open to anyone practicing up to second series.