INTRODUCTION TO MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA
SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY 3-5.30PM
This is a a general introduction to ashtanga yoga, geared specifically towards anyone interested in joining the weekly morning Mysore classes.It is aimed at complete beginners to ashtanga as well as students who have experience of led classes but would like to transition to self practice.
Many people feel intimidated by the idea of mysore self practice classes.They may worry that they won’t remember anything or that the class is just for advanced students and they won’t be good enough. But there is no need to worry – mysore classes are mixed level classes suitable for beginners right through to advanced students.
In the workshop we will start with some background information on the ashtanga system (it’s origins, it’s founders, it’s intended purpose) to put what you’re doing into context.We will look at the ashtanga sequence, explaining how it works, and how it is designed to be learnt.We will go through the fundamental techniques used throughout the ashtanga sequence (breath, bandhas drishti, vinyasa) – so you understand what exactly it is you’re trying to do! We will learn the sun salutations and finishing postures so you have the essentials to practice and build on.
Finally we will explain in detail what happens in a mysore class, what to expect, and we will come up with a suitable sequence for you to start with in your self practice class. By the end of the workshop you should feel fully confident to come along and give mysore classes a go!!
WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE?
Mysore-style is the traditional way to learn Ashtanga Yoga. ( As taught in Mysore, India, where the practice originated)
Mysore classes allow for the students to develop their own self practice, learning and memorising the sequence bit by bit, at a pace and level suitable for them. The teacher will observe the students and keep an eye on their progress, giving them individual advice and encouragement, as well as physical and verbal adjustments. The teacher will also ‘give’ the students new postures to work on as and when they are ready.
This method allows for practitioners of diverse levels and experience to be in the same class together, with each individual deeply focused on their own practice. It is the safest, most effective method of learning ashtanga yoga.
Cathy has been practicing ashtanga yoga for 19 years. In 2008 she travelled to India to study at the KPJAYI in Mysore ( Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) for 3 months and has made regular extended trips there ever since to learn from her teacher Sharath Jois. In 2014 she was granted official ‘authorisation level 2’ from Sharath to teach the primary and intermediate series of ashtanga.
She is the only teacher in Glasgow to hold this qualification and only one of two in Scotland