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 Lucky Elephant Yoga Studio

Mindfulness Yoga, Meditation and Wellness Therapy.
Yoga Studio: 694 Main Street, Quechee VT 05059  for yoga classes call/text:(802) 282-9552

Mysore-Style Practice

Ashtanga Yoga

(One-to-one teaching, learning Primary & Second Series)

(Beginner starts time is when the class you taken starts, experienced practitioner can start any time during the first 40 minutes of the class) 

**No class on Saturday. Private session only on Sunday. Yin Yoga offer in lieu with Ashtanga Yoga class on moon day**

What is Ashtanga Yoga? Ashtanga Vinyasa method was systematized in the 20th century in Mysore, India, by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his teacher T.Krishnamacharya. Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional method of yoga that uses the conjunction of breath, movement and attention to create a heightened state of mental calm and focus in the practitioner. Through the many linked poses of the primary series, the body is strengthened, stretched, balanced and purified, leaving you feeling focused and invigorated. Many of the poses focus of purifying the internal organs, such as forward bends and twists.This class is open to all levels of practitioners. Though beginning students are welcome to come, some of the poses may be challenging. You are welcome to give it a try, and sit out the ones that do not make sense for you to do yet. If you are not familiar with Ashtanga yoga we recommended Intro to Ashtanga class before taking primary series. Private Yoga Yoga session is available upon request.

Ashtanga Vinyasa method is intended to calm the mind, but while doing that, it also focuses on cleansing the internal body and keeping the organs doing their jobs. Through twists, folds, and bandhas or locks, circulation of the blood and lymph systems improve, making the body better at eliminating toxins. The Ashtanga practice is a set sequence of postures performed in the same order every time. Each posture builds on positions that come before it, and in a way that is intended to build internal heat.

Ashtanga yoga is physically and mentally demanding, and while modifications can be made to accommodate each yogi, it is often considered a more advanced practice. Ashtanga Yoga is an athletic and challenging type of practice and forms the basis for almost all types of Vinyasa Yoga. 

The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught.

This means that students learn a specific sequence of asanas and practice it at their own pace with the teacher moving through the room providing assistance as well as individualized advice on the personal practice. You will start a Mysore class with the so-called "first series". When the teacher thinks you're ready, you will move on to the "second series" and finally the third or even fourth series.

  • The class is not "led" as a whole but rather instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting.
  • Student practice their own portion of Ashtanga sequence of asanas (poses) at their own pace.
  • The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction.

The practice moves in a flow without interruptions. Students learn to watch which feelings and thoughts form during their practice without trying to hold on to them, or to reject, analyse or criticize them. Continuous practice will allow you to bring this kind of attention and mindfulness to all other aspects of your life. This is precisely the principle K. Pattabhi Jois referred to in his famous dictum: "Do your practice and all is coming."

"If The Body is Still, The Mind Will Follow"