One-to-one practice in a group setting
Mysore self-practice is the traditional way of practising Ashtanga yoga, and offers a highly personalised approach.
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Classes run Monday to Friday from 6.00am to 9.00am and are suitable for all levels, even complete beginners. Drop-in price: £13
How does it work?
Mysore self-practice is the traditional way of practising Ashtanga yoga, it is a highly personalised system, but within a group energy. The teacher will know your name and your practice, it’s a quiet class with the sound of the breath guiding each student.
Arrive at any time after 6.00am as long as you finish your practice by 9.00am, for beginners, this could be half an hour, and for the more advanced up to an hour and 45 minutes.
You will be assisted in your practice by our Mysore teacher Adam Keen. He will work with you on a one-to-one basis and guide you through the postures of the series. You will learn to develop a safe self-practice tailored to your own ability that you can do anywhere you are.
Adam has been practicing Ashtanga yoga daily since 1998 and is one of only few in the UK to have completed the advanced A series (third series) with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI in Mysore where is Authroised level 2 to teach the entire intermediate (2nd) series.
Having an academic background in philosophy, Adam’s approach to teaching is thoughtful and also linked to the traditional teachings of the sacred Indian texts, however, it is also extremely pragmatic and technique based, a particular skill he has developed through spending time with most of the eminent teachers of the tradition over his years of practice.
One of his key attributes is his ability to teach students in a way that suits their particular body and level so they are able to move forward in a safe and comfortable way.
Outside the sphere of yoga, Adam is a keen vegetarian chef, and has worked in Buddhist centres and yoga retreat kitchens whilst learning his practice.
Having been involved in the path of self-inquiry or self-healing throughout his life, Adam has incorporated a number of other methods into his practice aside from yoga which have proved very effective. He has studied homeopathy, EFT and counselling techniques and can offer these therapies if requested.
Adam teaches with knowledge from his years of dedicated experience and has a genuine desire to share his passion with anyone interested in learning. Take a look at Adam’s website here…
Keen on Yoga
If you want to know more about the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, read on…
Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
By Annie Grover Pace
Yoga is a philosophy of life, which also has the potential to create a vibrantly healthy body and mind.
Ashtanga Yoga, practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscovering his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness—physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (driste), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of our selves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind.
“Ashtanga” literally means eight limbs. They are described by Patanjali as: Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation). These branches support each other. Asana practice must be established for proper practice of pranayama and is a key to the development of the yamas and niyamas. Once these four externally oriented limbs are firmly rooted, the last four internally oriented limbs will spontaneously evolve over time.
“Vinyasa” means breath-synchronized movement. The breath is the heart of this discipline and links asana to asana in a precise order. By synchronizing movement with breathing and practicing Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas (locks), an intense internal heat is produced. This heat purifies muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins as well as releasing beneficial hormones and minerals, which can nourish the body when the sweat is massaged back into the skin. The breath regulates the vinyasa and ensures efficient circulation of blood. The result is a light, strong body.
There are three groups of sequences in the Ashtanga system. The Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the body. The Intermediate Series (Nadi Shodhana) purifies the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels. The Advanced Series A, B, C, and D (Sthira Bhaga) integrate the strength and grace of the practice, requiring higher levels of flexibility and humility.
Each level is to be fully developed before proceeding to the next, and the sequential order of asanas is to be meticulously followed. Each posture is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further.
BREATH: The continuity of deep, even breathing cannot be overemphasized in the Ashtanga Yoga system. When breath feeds action, and action feeds posture, each movement becomes gentle, precise, and perfectly steady.
According to the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “Breath is Life.” Breathing is our most fundamental and vital act and holds a divine essence: exhalation a movement towards God, and inhalation an inspiration from God. Our last action in life is to exhale, which, in essence, is the final and total surrender to God.
PRACTICE: It is said that where there is no effort there is no benefit. Strength, stamina and sweat are unique aspects of this traditional Yoga, seemingly contrary to Western perceptions of Yoga. This demanding practice requires considerable effort and taps into and circulates a vital energy throughout the body, strengthening and purifying the nervous system. The mind then becomes lucid, clear and precise; and according to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “Wherever you look you will see God.” Only through practice will we realize the truth of what our guru often says:
“Everything is God.”
Please note the importance of learning the Ashtanga method only from a traditionally trained teacher. Only a qualified teacher can provide the necessary guidance to assure safe, steady progress without injury to body or mind!
Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute
Yogasana Visharada Vedanta Vidwan
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Director
R. Sharat, Assistant Director
876/1, 1st Cross, Lakshmipuram
Mysore – 570004
Karnataka State, South India
© This information has been generously provided with the approval of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Please honor its authenticity and distribute only in unaltered form.