What are 'Mysore Style' classes?
The 'Mysore Style' of practice is a personalised way of guiding a student in their yoga journey. It derives its name from the southern city of Mysore in India, where it originates from.
Mysore Style classes have the following unique characteristics:
- Prior to starting the Mysore Style class, the student discusses their focus or improvement area with the instructor.
- Basis the students’ focus and development area, a customised sequence of asanas are given to the student for practice.
- Students practice their individual sequence of asanas at their own pace.
- The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments and verbal instructions as they observe the practice.
- Thus, these are not the typical instructor led classes that are regularly conducted at fitness/yoga centres.
- Multiple students with different backgrounds, proficiency levels and needs practice their custom asana sequences side by side.
- Hence, beginners to yoga, those with health issues, experienced students looking to deepen their practice, senior citizens all practice their individual routines together.
- Once comfortable with the routine, the student is ready to self-practice at home or in a group class.
- Mysore Style classes compliment and do not compete With ‘Led’ yoga classes .
FOR WHOM ARE MYSORE STYLE CLASSES MOST SUITABLE FOR?
- Beginners to yoga
- Senior citizens
- Those who have lost touch and want to re-develop their practice
- Intermediate or advanced level students who want to deepen their practice
- Those with injuries or those seeking therapeutic benefits
- Anyone who wants to improve their asana technique
BENEFITS OF MYSORE STYLE CLASSES AT INDEAYOGA
At IndeaYoga, students learn the fixed order of asanas using a specific movement-breathing technique called Ujjayi breath or normal breath. Each student is given a yoga routine according to one’s ability.
Benefits of Mysore Style practice include:
- Learn the proper technique of how to enter, stay and come out of postures
- Practice and build strength and stability at one’s own pace
- Focus on individual improvement area
- Learn modifications that are consistent, and if a particular asana is difficult, it is taught
- Beginner students tend to have fewer asanas and we encourage them to repeat each asana a number of times until the student has developed breath and body co-ordination to move to the next one
- The next asana in the sequence is given only after obtaining stability in previous version of the asana
- The word ‘given’ in this context comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice (abhyasa)
- Trained teachers keep track of every student’s progress. Correction and assistance is offered at every step to develop a technically strong practice
- Builds confidence to practice in a technically correct manner anywhere – at home or in a group class
CHALLENGES WITH THE POPULAR FORMAT TEACHING YOGA
Most of us are accustomed to practicing a lot of asanas all at once.
In an instructor led yoga class, asanas are given one by one in a sequential order.
This format of teaching is ideal when most of the practitioners in the class are aware of the correct technique of mounting, staying in the posture and dismounting from the posture.
However, if the class is a mix of new and experienced students, or consists of those who have physical challenges or are new to the yoga, this regular format of class does not allow for personalised attention.
While the intent is to help all students, the challenge that arises is that of time available for the instructor to correct and guide every practitioner, the fitness centre guidelines, the size of the class and if the instructor is trained to in-depth corrections.
The lack of personal attention may lead to a new practitioner feeling left out and not able to keep up with the class or adopt the wrong technique of practice or in an extreme case, a niggling injury.
The net result is almost always a regular churn of students who cannot keep up and/or lose interest in the class.
Mysore Style classes build your self-practice. While you may still chose to attend group classes, you will be able to practice in a technically correct manner at home, independent of an instructor.