Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga
This unique program is suitable for beginners as well as longtime practitioners because every student is taught individually. In other words, each student is given a one-on-one lesson within the classroom setting in order that he or she can progress through the Ashtanga Yoga series’ at their own pace and according to his or her individual needs. For these reasons it is arguably the most effective and enjoyable way to properly learn Yoga. You do not have to keep up with anyone else, you do not have to keep looking up to the front of the room to see what the teacher is doing so you can haphazardly try to mimic him/her; you do not have to feel foolish as if people are watching you to either see what to do next or to compare themselves to you. In the Mysore classroom no one else is watching you but the teacher, as other students are focused on their own personal practice. It takes all the intimidation out of yoga.
At The Yoga Shala our Mysore classes are taught by highly experienced yoga teachers who are dedicating their lives to practicing, studying and teaching traditional Ashtanga Yoga. This is the way that yoga is taught by our teachers, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India and why it has come to be known as “Mysore Style” teaching. Students are encouraged to practice daily, and are asked to make a monthly commitment and come to class 3-6 days each week. In order to advance sequentially in Ashtanga Yoga, it is important to commit to and maintain a daily practice.
Timings are flexible and students may begin practicing any time after the posted start time provided they finish by the end of class. New students attending Mysore class should allow approximately 45 minutes for practice. As strength and stamina build more of the sequence will be taught and one’s practice will gradually lengthen.
**If you are enrolling in a early morning Mysore class, please contact us to obtain an access code to the building.
These classes were designed specifically for those new to Ashtanga Yoga, and/or the Mysore Method of teaching. Enjoy a moving meditation as you increase your flexibility, build strength, and find balance. You will learn breathe with movement, how to focus your attention, and alignment in poses. You will strengthen your shoulders, upper body, core muscles and stretch those pesky hamstrings with consistent practice.
During your very first class we introduce you to the fundamental concepts that make Ashtanga Yoga a unique practice. Then we will demonstrate and teach you Sun Salutations. After the teacher guides you through several he/she will watch you as you do some on your own, in an effort to help you slowly and safely memorize the movements and begin to feel comfortable doing them.
From there your teacher will lead you, one on one, through the standing postures of Ashtanga Yoga. In the same way as with the sun salutations, the teacher will talk you through and demonstrate a handful of postures. Once he/she has talked you through each sequence a few times, then you will perform them on your own while the teacher observes your practice. The instructor will surely assist you should you forget what comes next, they will adjust you to correct your form, and continuously remind you to breath and engage muscles in your body.
In this way, you will come in each day doing what you did the day before, repeating things to commit them to memory, and adding new postures on as you are ready for them. This is the Mysore way. At your own pace, within your own abilities, one by one, day by day, learning, growing, exploring yourself and your breath and your body in a safe environment where you can truly grow and not only quantify that growth, but amaze and astound yourself at how far you will go in your exploration of body and mind.
LED ASHTANGA & COMMUNITY CLASSES
Have fun moving and breathing while learning the harmonious flow of the first series of Ashtanga Yoga in its traditional form. This is a class suitable for all levels. We will explore the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga Method in a led/guided classroom setting. Students will be taught basic postures, form and alignment, and modifications when needed. Primary Series will cover the Sun Salutation, standing postures, seated postures (will depend on where student is in mysore practice), and all finishing postures.
For our donation classes, 100% of the proceeds for our weekly community donation class will benefit two local charities; The Renfrew Center and New Hope for Kids. Both charities are near and dear to our hearts and we greatly appreciate your support and donations for these wonderful causes.
The practice of Yin Yoga is a great counter balance to other traditional forms of yoga including - Ashtanga and Vinyasa. In Yin, yogis will find a deeper connection within the body on the mat while holding postures for 45 seconds to 2 minutes at a time allowing the body to access deeper tissues within the body. Traditional varying forms of yoga often utilize our muscles to help strengthen, whereas Yin goes deeper, allowing yogis to access the connective tissue and fascia, to help release.
Yin is the perfect counterbalance to Ashtanga. It helps to better lubricate and protect joints, and increases flexibility allowing yogis to go deeper in his/her traditional practice. Those who practice Yin regularly will find many benefits including - regulation of energy both on and off the mat, a clam and balanced mind and body, lowered stress levels and ultimately a feeling of deeper relaxation.
All levels of yogis welcome!
Happy Hour Yoga
Detox to Retox with Post-Mat Happy Hour at The Thirsty Topher every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.
$20 (or $18 on presale!) gets you a spot in a playful 50 minute yoga class and two adult beverages of your choosing.