Mysore practice is a traditional method of practicing Ashtanga yoga, a style of yoga that is known for its suitability for folks at many different stages of life and atheleticism. Mysore practice is self-led, which means that students practice at their own pace and level while receiving individualized attention and guidance from a trained teacher. Its adaptable and straightforward nature makes learning the dynamic sequences of postures possible for those in their 70’s that want to tinker in the garden better and for twenty something gymnasts that want to sweat and soar.

If you’re brand new to Mysore practice, here’s what you can expect:

  1. Introduction: On your first day, you’ll typically be introduced to the teacher who will guide you through the practice. They’ll give you a brief overview of the practice and its structure.
  2. Self-paced practice: Unlike a traditional yoga class, there is no instructor leading the class or calling out the poses. Instead, students practice at their own pace, moving through a set sequence of postures in a self-led manner. During your introduction, your teacher will try to match your postures to your capacity.
  3. Individualized attention: The teacher moves around the room and gives each student individualized attention, offering guidance and adjustments as needed. This allows the student to progress at their own pace while receiving personalized support.
  4. Memorization: In Mysore practice, the sequence of postures is memorized gradually over time, with new postures added as the student progresses. This helps to build a strong foundation and a deep understanding of the practice. This means for the first few days or weeks, you’ll be doing ‘less’ postures than a typical class, but you’ll be asked to take more responsibility for your learning.
  5. Community: Mysore practice is typically practiced in a group setting, which creates a supportive and community-driven environment. This helps to foster a sense of camaraderie and encourages students to continue with their practice.

Overall, Mysore practice can be a challenging but rewarding experience for beginners. It allows for individualized attention and support, fosters a sense of community, and builds a strong foundation for a consistent yoga practice.

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