Yoga is a moving meditation resulting in calmness and clarity. It maximises body tone, encourages weight loss, detoxifies and increases all-round health, flexibility, strength and balance. The result is a dramatic increase in energy, a stronger immune system and a sense of physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Our yoga classes are taught in a high-heat (but not excessively hot) environment. Classes maintain a heat of around 23–25ºC, which is ideal for safely encouraging flexibility and allowing a gentle detoxification process.
The Mysore "self-practice" class is for those who have adequate knowledge of the standing postures of the ashtanga (astanga) sequence, as well as anyone who has experience practising in a Mysore-style class. Students are not "led" by a teacher in the conventional way, instead they lead themselves at their own speed and breath through a memorised sequence of postures. The teacher opens the class with a chant and then guides and adjusts students individually, giving one-to-one tuition and hands-on adjustments. New postures from the ashtanga sequence are explored and added as a student progresses, others may be modified and adapted in certain circumstances depending on the individual.
The Mysore-style approach has powerful benefits on many levels. Primarily it allows students to progress on a truly personal level with few external distractions. The special serenity, quietness and focus of this class enhances a meditative state. The Mysore self-practice is also one that liberates you from dependence on a teacher and leads you to a deeper more profound understanding of both ashtanga and yoga in general. It directs you away from the stresses of life, to a place of stillness, calm and introspection. It is in this practice that the yoga really becomes a moving meditation.
Mysore Class Timings
- Due to these classes being self practice in style, early morning classes have a flexible start time between 6.30 and 7.30am – students should have moved in to their closing sequence by 8.30am.
- If your Mysore practice is longer than the allocated class time, it is usually not a problem to run over in to the next class. Please discuss this with your teacher.
All our yoga classes are held at our beautiful studio in West Norwood, on the borders of West Dulwich in South London.