To understand what this practice means patience, dedication and commitment are key elements.
By engaging in, and experiencing the multiple layers of this process you can develop a sustainable yoga practice that will give you the benefits of health and happiness.
For this reason we recommend to commit to at least one month of lessons when you start to practice.
The beginner starts with memorizing a sequence of postures that is instructed step by step. The months and even years that follow the student deepens, refines and explores this and other sequences and practices. Inevitably this self-exploration permeates into all aspects of your life.
The teacher gives each student personal instruction, carefully observing and taking into account their body, capabilities and intentions.
Mysore Style is the traditional method in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught. The name originates from the city in the south of India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught this method untill his death in 2009. However, individual instruction between student and teacher is a method used for many generations in the Hatha Yoga tradition and in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya (of whom Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was a direct student).
The method allows students to learn at their own pace and the teacher connects to the level and needs of each student. Due to experience the teacher can see what the student needs to work on and when it is time to add or modify postures to the sequence. This allows the student to build a personal, lifelong practice.
“There is a sense of togetherness through the sound of breath that vibrates through the room while we focus our attention inwards to research more within ourselves”.
Direct transmission and personal instruction between student and teacher is one of the main aspects of this practice. Through sustained dedication, self-discipline and working with an experienced teacher over a longer period of time, you are able to deepen the connection between body, mind and heart, which reflects onto all levels of your daily life. It is a practice where true transformation takes place.
There is much to say about the effects that the method will have on a student. Everyone takes their own personal journey of discovery.
Discovery happens through guiding the focus in different areas of the body and the mind. To stimulate an inward focus students practice to focus on the breath, gazing point (drishti) and energy locks (bandha’s). Over time the student will learn to observe the mind and move further into inner exploration.
To get the most of the benefits students work towards a daily practice. This requires a certain degree of discipline that will also manifest itself in different areas of life.
Strength & Flexibility
While the body becomes stronger and more flexible, students will also develop a strong mind and a flexible attitude towards the ever changing dynamics of life.
Health and happiness
Practicing Yoga will help to purify the body and rectify imbalances. The asanas work on the skeletal system as well as specific organs and have many therapeutic qualities. Few examples are improved digestion, breath awareness and better circulation. Many lives have been transformed through consistent practice.