About Mysore Style
Classes are taught in the Mysore style. Each student learns the asanas at their own pace, following the rhythm of their breath. The teacher gives individual guidance as and when required. Eventually a student can develop a practice that is unique to oneself.
The asanas are learnt in a particular sequence. A new asana is started only when the student can do the previous poses with sukham (comfort) and sthiram (steadiness). Since each asana or group of asanas have a specific effect that is counterbalanced by the previous asanas, this sequential process of learning Ashtanga Yoga ensures that injuries are avoided. It also allows the practitioner to memorize the asana and gradually develop strength, stamina, flexibility and focus.
In Ashtanga Yoga, movement is always synchronized with the breath. This is called Vinyasa. Deep breathing and Vinyasa are essential in the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. It is this deep breathing that calms the mind and helps in finding a focused and meditative state during the practice. Ashtanga Yoga uses a three-pronged approach called Tristhana constituting pranayama (deep, regulated breathing), asana (yoga posture) and drishti (focussed gaze). Tristhana enables practitioners to develop steadiness and awareness of mind and body.