What is Mysore class?
Mysore class is the traditional way the practice was taught in India. It is named after the city in India where the practice has roots. Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois, and currently Sharath Jois ran / runs an Ashtanga Yoga shala in Mysore, India.
Any class on the schedule that reads “Mysore” is a different approach to learning than the other classes on the schedule. The other classes are led classes, which mean the teacher leads the students simultaneously through the sequence of postures.
In Mysore class, the teacher is working one on one with every student in the room to facilitate and support the continuation and progression of the student’s personal practice. The student becomes very strong in their daily sadhana (spiritual practice) and will be able to do it on their own with more clarity.
Within this setting, the teacher is more able to address specific needs, as in modifications needed for specific illness or injury, beginners can take practice, and the teacher can progress an advanced student in a way a led class does not have space for. Practitioners of all levels are able to practice in the same room creating a sacred space for healing and transformation with the loving support and guidance of a teacher and the community.
You do not need to know the sequence before walking in the door. This is one of the biggest misunderstandings about Mysore class. The teacher merely asks that you make a commitment to attend class on a regular basis, at least 2-3 days a week. You learn the information slowly over time. It is a process. Surrender and enjoy.
The Ashtanga Yoga system has several sequences of postures available for a student to learn. If you have any aspirations of progressing in the sequences, Mysore class is the best way to facilitate this level of growth. The teacher slowly feeds you more information over time as they observe you are ready for it.
In some Ashtanga communities you may see led classes for Intermediate Series, but at this point in our evolution as Ashtanga practitioners, it is a rare occasion to have enough Advanced practitioners to facilitate a led class. Therefore, you must come to Mysore class if you would like to learn Advanced sequences.