The practice of Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style

The lineage

At Ashtanga Yoga Berlin Kreuzberg we practice traditional Ashtanga Yoga which is an ancient method of Yoga that was passed down to Sharath R. Jois’ grandfather Sri K. Patthabi Jois during his time of study in Mysore with his teacher, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, one of the most acclaimed yogis of the 20th Century.

Ashtanga = The eight-limbed path

Ashtanga is the eight-limbed path as outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. These eight steps act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. The limbs are Yama (attitudes toward our environment), Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves), Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (oneness with the universe). Of these, the third limb, Asana (yoga postures), is the most important for us to practice, and through it we can understand the other limbs.

The benefits of Ashtanga asana method

This method of yoga practice consists of a dynamic and challenging sequence of yoga postures that flow one after the other. The process produces an intense internal heat and purifying sweat that cleanses the muscles and organs of the body, resulting in a balanced, calm and clear mind and a health that affects positively all aspects of the being by moving beyond the familiar. Mysore Ashtanga Yoga is comprised of asana series, each of which has a specific function in strengthening and increasing flexibility of the body.

Mysore Style

The yoga asanas are taught to and practiced by the student at one’s own individual pace and assisted by a ashtanga yoga teacher, the way it is taught in Mysore, India by the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois family. As Mysore is not a led group yoga class, students are being taught individually one-on-one. This means, the yoga classes are OPEN FOR ALL LEVELS, absolute beginners and advanced students alike, who practice together in the same Mysore room at the same time with the yoga teacher giving every one individual assists and instructions. It blends the best of all worlds: supporting group energy (no competition!), one-on-one attention honoring individuality, and a self-paced practice according to 1) own breath rate, and 2) specific and individual physical, emotional and mental edge. The student should be ready to apply continuity, regularity and a certain amount of self-responsibility to the practice as described as follows.

  • Consistency: This style depends on practice consistency as you are expected to gradually remember the sequencing as it is taught to you.  We all learn and remember at different rates and there is no requirements on how or when this takes place.  Each students is taught slightly differently as a result of this natural fact.

  • Six Day a Week Practice: Traditionally, Ashtanga Mysore Method is a six day a week practice.  A traditional week starts on a Monday and ends on a Saturday with Sunday for rest.  Full and new moon days are observed which allows for an extra day of rest from practice on these days too. A minimum of 3 days per week practice is recommended and should gradually lead to a daily practice to achieve the benefits.

  • Sequence Recall: One reason for teaching gradually is so that you can remember the sequencing with vinyasa as you are taught it. Your class time will grow as you learn and remember more of the sequencing. At the same time, your breath rate will change from shallow to deep so this also will effect the length of your class.

SCHEDULE

Mysore style: Monday-Friday 7:00-10:00am
Led primary series: Saturday 08:30am

No classes on moondays

SHALA LOCATION

Bergmannstr. 29 (Global Music Academy)
10961 Berlin

CONTACT

mihoashtanga@gmail.com

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