Ashtanga Mysore Program
Mysore instruction is designed for students interested in learning the traditional method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India. Learning in this way supports the development of a personal yoga practice, which helps to build self-reliance on and off the mat. This class is suitable for both beginning students and students already versed in yoga but wanting to change their yoga discipline, as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to continue with their Ashtanga practice.
Students of all levels progress silently, at their own pace, individually instructed by Ayelet Even-Nur. Postures are taught one at a time, following the traditional sequence of asanas designed by Pattabhi Jois, but taught according to each student's individual needs. Since this class is not led in the sense that the teacher works with individual students, rather than instructing all the students at once, the atmosphere is quiet and focused. This focused energy of this environment encourages students to develop deeper concentration as they advance their yoga practice.
Instruction is offered every day, Sunday through Friday.
Monday-Friday, instruction is from 7:00-9:00 a.m, doors open at 5:30 am.
Sunday, instruction is from 8:00-10:00 a.m., doors open at 6:00 am.
Closed on the New and Full Moon
Monthly Tuition: $145
Monthly Tuition Sliding Scale: $90-$145*
Drop-in class $20
*Sliding scale tuition is reserved for anyone needing to pay less than the full rate. Talk to the instructors about this option if you need it. Additional scholarships are available and are attendance based.
What to expect in your first Mysore class:
Most importantly, expect a welcoming environment. Beginners are all welcome! It is frequently heard that students who are new to Mysore are intimidated by walking into a studio full of long-time practitioners. While it is true that as a beginner, you may be surrounded by advanced practitioners, simply getting your feet on the mat is advanced in-and-of itself. Remember that everyone in the Mysore room began in the same place! Mysore class is absolutely the best way to be introduced to Ashtanga yoga, and as long as beginning students come to class with an open, patient and committed approach, the practice will slowly but surely begin to take shape and make sense.
On your first day, you will be taught the fundamentals of Mysore practice. To begin with, students will be provided with a bit of background information about the Mysore method and its history, and will be asked to observe the classroom for a few minutes. This is intended to help students settle into the new space and gain a sense of how the class works. Next, you will be taught the traditional breathing technique that is practiced in Ashtanga Yoga, called Ujjayi Pranayama. After practicing the breath, you will work one on one with the teacher and be lead through the traditional sun salutations, Surya Namaskara A and B which begin every Ashtanga practice. After going through each posture as many times as the student needs until a measure of memorization has been reached, the student will be asked to repeat them by themselves. Each successive time that the student returns to class, they will repeat the postures already learned with the teacher and then be introduced to new ones. In this progression, according to each student's pace and schedule, practitioners advance through the Ashtanga primary series.
For more information about the Berkeley Mysore Program at the Berkeley Yoga Center, contact Ayelet Even-Nur at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-678-4290 and visit the Berkeley Mysore home page at berkeleymysore.com.