Ashtanga Mysore Self Practice Class
These classes are the traditional method by which Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is taught in Mysore india. They are taught in smaller groups, working closely with the teacher so that each student develops at their own rate, under the guidance of the teacher, who will use a combination of verbal and hands-on adjustments. By teaching in this traditional way each student is practising at the right level for them not a ‘generalised’ class level, so it is like having one to one tuition within a class environment. This style is all about developing a personal yoga practice that works for you – which you continue with at home. Because of the way they are structured these classes are suitable for all levels of practitioner and also the best way for beginners to really learn the method. Complete beginners would ideally benefit from attending a foundation course first. You do not need to know the whole sequence to come to self practice classes. The postures (known as Asanas) of the sequence will be taught, one by one, as you progress at your own pace. There is no hurry.
Ashtanga Counted / led Primary classes
In these weekly classes students are counted (together) through the correct breaths into and out of each of the postures of the primary series. Focus is on the breath and energy flow of the practice, rather than time to look at technique. It is an intermediate level class and so not suitable for beginners. Ideally practitioners should be familiar with at least half of the Primary series and can stop at the point when then the class reaches the place to which they are used to practicing. As this is a Sunday, unless there is a workshop scheduled afterwards, we usually have time after class for tea and cake and a chance to chat with fellow practitioners.
Introduction to the Primary Series
This weekly drop-in class is intended to be a good follow- on technique class for those who have already completed a Foundation course or who have practiced Ashtanga yoga and are familiar with the practice. You will be guided through a led practice, starting with the sun salutes, the standing sequence and through the seated sequence (Primary series) up to the level that is appropriate for the class, with time to look at the teaching points of new postures (asanas) each week and appropriate modifications for individual practitioners. There will also be a more in-depth look at the finishing sequence postures in these classes and they are designed to work well in conjunction with starting the morning Mysore assisted self practice classes, which are ultimately the best way to learn this system, which is designed as a personal daily practice.
Pregnancy Yoga is a wonderfully nurturing, safe and gentle practice that helps connect the mind, body and spirit and most importantly connects a woman with her baby, helping to prepare her physically and mentally for her journey through pregnancy and the birth of her baby.
The classes provide a warm and supportive environment for pregnant women to guide them safely through every stage of pregnancy and as they prepare for labour and birth so that they can draw upon their own inherent strength and softness and ability to nurture both themselves and their baby during this time and beyond into young motherhood.
Specific postures help to strengthen and tone the body in a safe and non-impacting manner to help with the changes that the progression of pregnancy brings. In particular, strengthening the legs in preparation for labour and promoting overall stability. It brings an awareness of the body and posture to help avoid tension and strain.
Pregnancy yoga is adapted to the various stages of pregnancy and the exercises can be really effective in alleviating a multitude of pregnancy ailments such as heartburn, tiredness and backache. It improves flexibility (although care must be taken with this because of the additional Relaxin in the body) and promotes good circulation throughout the body. The breathing and relaxation elements to Pregnancy Yoga also encourage breath and body awareness in a woman which help to prepare for the birth, reducing anxiety and stress and teaching her to adapt to new situations. In preparation for the birth, pregnancy yoga also explores some of the different positions for labour and ways of moving (such as moving the hips etc), along with the breathing techniques so that a woman feels resourced as she journeys through her labour.
Meditation & Mindfulness
When we learn how to get out of our own way – to allow an insight into our own true nature – we understand that happiness is not something to be found outside of ourselves. True happiness – contentment, is not a fleeting emotion dependent on other or object, it is in fact our default setting; this along with the feeling of peace, compassion and an unshakable strength. We just can’t always see it. As humans we are all afflicted with powerful emotions such as desire, anger, jealousy and aversion. These emotions and the thoughts that accompany them, act as a veil that obscures our view into our very essence. Once we learn the methods to see past these emotions – we have access to the experience of our true selves – Mindfulness and Meditation techniques guide us gently through our journey into our selves. Mindfulness, although it has it’s roots in Buddhism has become a very secular practise. Backed up empirically by neuroscience, mindfulness has the power to change the habits of a lifetime – to re-programme a seemingly solid mind. Neuronal Plasticity is the brain’s ability to ‘re wire’. The brain is in fact malleable . Over time, with the discipline of both mindfulness and meditation, we can mitigate the effects of the emotions that have the power ‘to take us over’, and both cultivate and experience the emotions that bring us a greater sense of well being.