Ready for a New Challenge – A Different Way to Experience your Yoga Practice?

by Clive Bratchell

Take the plunge from your led vinyasa class to a Mysore Ashtanga self-practice, a practice for life, transportable around the world, it is yours to own if you take the challenge of the first step …

Here are some questions I am asked regularly that may help you decide if it’s right for you.

Why should I come to a ‘Mysore Self Practice’ class over my regular yoga class?

By committing to a regular self practice you are likely to become much more in tune with your body and breath deepening your understanding of your existing yoga practice, it will become more personal to you. You can work on the things that are relevant to you, move at your own speed, and not be dictated to by a large group class. Working with your teacher through any challenges that come up in your body, having the chance to talk as if it was a one to one class, have the benefits and energy of a group class setting.

Do I have to stay for the whole time, the class is 2 hours?! 

The beauty of a Mysore self-practice class is you can come and go according to the time you have available and the length of your practice. It fits into your schedule better than a class that starts and finished at a ridged time.

What does ‘Mysore self-practice’ mean?

Mysore is a beautiful city in Southern India where Ashtanga Yoga was created by its founder the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Self-practice is how yoga was originally taught, directly from teacher to student. This would have been in small groups with each student practicing at a different pace according to their experience and ability. This means each students practice is tailored specifically to them and the teacher is on hand to assist the student as and when they need help. And this is how a Mysore self-practice class is taught today.

Do I need to know the whole sequence in order to join a Mysore self-practice class?

No… by coming to a Mysore self-practice class you will begin to memorise the sequence and commit it to memory. Over weeks and months, through repetition it will become second nature, just like breathing – then the magic really begins.

I’m a complete beginner. Can I join a Mysore self-practice class?

Yes! Starting as a beginner you will be taught step by step. To start with your practice will be short, around 30-40 minutes. You will start by learning the Sun Salutations and then begin to add the standing poses. It is very gradual, but still challenging! As you add poses your practice time increases.

How many times a week should I practice?

As many as your circumstances allow, although ideally start with two or three classes a week if you can.

Sounds great! What now?

Why not try one of Clive’s Mysore style self-practice classes OR book into the beginners’ course that starts Friday 23rd October and runs for 3 weeks.


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