What is Mysore

What is Mysore?

Mysore is the traditional method for practicing Ashtanga yoga. Students learn a series of postures working at their own pace with individual instruction from the teacher. In mysore-style practice everyone’s practice is unique and instruction is personalized. All levels are welcome from new beginners to advanced practitioners. In the beginning, new students receive more attention. As you become more familiar with the practice, you are allowed more independence, getting adjustments and assistance only when needed.

Mysore is for everyone. If you have physical limitations or injuries, the instructor will work with you individually to come up with the variation of the sequence that works for you. Because everyone is working individually, you don’t have to worry about slowing down or speeding up to keep up or meet the needs of a group class.


Is Mysore appropriate for total beginners?

Absolutely! Since we are working with you individually you don’t have to worry about keeping up with a class or deciphering complicated cues that don’t apply to you. We will provide you with your very own yoga practice.

So I don’t need to know the sequence when I arrive?

Correct, we will teach you everything you need to know from the very beginning.

What can I expect my first practice?

When you arrive the teacher will give you an overview of what to expect the first few weeks, ask about injuries and then show you where to place your mat. You can expect to stay about an hour for your first few classes.

The first sequence you will learn is Sun Salutation A. In this sequence you will begin to warm up your body and connect your breath and your movement. The teacher will guide you through this sequence several times. Once you feel comfortable you will have some time to try it on your own asking questions as needed. Instruction continues, working one small section at a time. Each session will end with a few closing postures and a short rest.

And then what?

The next time you come you will be greeted by the same teacher and they will review what you learned the previous visit. As you are able to move through the sequence confidently more postures will be added slowly gaining more independence with time.

You will build a yoga practice over time that is both sustainable and individualized to meet you where you are. You will be able to modify your practice for illness, injury, and other unexpected life circumstances. The possibilities for your practice are limitless. 

What if I have an injury or mobility issue?

No problem. Just let the instructor know and you will work together to find a practice that meets you where you are.

Why are classes so long?

Mysore is an open practice time meaning each student can come (and go) whenever they need to as long as it’s within the scheduled hours. Practice times vary from 30 to 90 minutes. New students typically spend about an hour for their first few classes.

Will everyone be watching me?

Ashtanga is taught to be a meditative practice. Each practitioner is working to deepen their focus and their connection to their breath on their mat.

If you still have questions, feel free to email us contact@birminghamyoga.com and we can set up a time to talk.

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