The philosophy behind Mysore style is that we are all different, hence no guided class can fit the needs of everybody. In Mysore class students practice independently at their own pace and level of ability in a group setting. All instructions are given one-on-one, and the teacher is present to give help in the postures and guidance with the practice.
To attend the Mysore class you don’t need any experience, strength or flexibility. Mysore practice will build up all that in a safe and effective way, and chances are your practice will take off very quickly. Remembering the sequence is not a requirement either. The teacher will help you to work at your own pace and build up your personal routine.
Mysore practice builds up independence and confidence, nurtures the seed of self-awareness and presence, and allows the deeper aspects of yoga to unfold naturally. You will most likely learn more about your yoga practice in a month of attending a Mysore style class than a year spent attending only led classes. All you need is a motivation to learn.
My vision for AYCT is to nurture a community of like-minded Ashtanga Mysore practitioners of all levels. The monthly fee will cover the self-practice use of the communal space. I will be present to practice with you and will guide and adjust students as needed at no extra charge. I expect to teach Led Primary on Fridays, which will be open to all levels. On days that I’m not available, the shala will be open for communal practice.
AYCT is there to bring the community together, to support each other and learn from and with each other. It is a platform for transformation, discussion and for using the Ashtanga practice intuitively rather than purely traditionally — I will suggest modifications and alternative sequencing if the traditional practice does not serve your current needs, for example due to injury, disability, pregnancy, age or other physical or emotional limitations.
“Om, May we all be protected
May we all be nourished
May we work together with great energy
May our study be effective
Let there be no Animosity amongst us
Om, peace (in me), peace (in nature), peace (in divine forces)”
(Om Sahana vavatu shanti mantra from Krishna Yayurveda Taittiriya Upanishad 2.2.2)