Why This Mysore Style Practice?

The yoga tradition is based in personal practice. Throughout history and time, the art of practice has been transmitted individually from master to student.

Guided practices have become popular around the world over time. It is true that they also have their role to play in the practice of Ashtanga, but in the beginner’s learning process, they are equivalent to a beginning at the end. The Mysore method invites practitioners to initiate a re-learning of concepts considered acquired and known.

Here are some reasons to start a personal practice in the Mysore style.

• We are all different. For this reason, the standardization of the information that we usually receive in guided practices does not affect the specificity of each and every person. In a fast-paced guided practice, the student receives minimal or incomplete instructions, inviting them to perform postures that are not necessarily compatible with their physical abilities. The results often observed are frustration and misunderstanding, not to mention the risk of injury. In the Mysore room you progress at your own pace, with patience and attention to detail.

The teacher refers to you by name and is there to answer your questions in real time. He/She knows your practice down to the smallest detail. You will receive necessary adjustments to guide and align your practice. New postures are added gradually when your body is ready to welcome them,

• The teacher does not determine the pace of practice. Rather, he/she invites you to take an introspective look, thus calming the mind and thoughts. After all, that is the goal of yoga. Personal practice, through gradual learning of the sequence of positions, helps you develop and increase your sense of introspection. It is through this process that the deeper, meditative dimensions of yoga can take place.

• Knowing the sequence of positions allows you to have autonomy and independence. You can practice anywhere you want. This way you can also spend more time on the aspects that need the most attention,


slow down your practice where necessary in order to take better care of yourself. This methodical approach encourages self-sufficiency and self-awareness during and outside of yoga practice.

• You do not have to listen to an instructor’s voice and there is no muted “New Age” music playing. The practice takes place in silence. You are at the center of the practice. The teacher’s instructions are simple and the practice becomes your own space for exploration and research. It becomes your own moving meditation.

• The best news is that everyone can practice. There is no preparation necessary, and you can start wherever you are. Just bring your awareness.

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