Mysore Practice. My (hi)Story.
My dear Yogis,
Many of my students often ask me about Mysore practice.
I think, more than the practice itself, it is also interesting to share with you a bit of my story and history about Mysore practice – where it came from and how I learned this style of yoga.
Looking back, the Mysore style of yoga reminds me of the time I spent in Chennai in India, and of two great people who had a great influence in learning the practice – TKV Desikachar, the son of Krisnamacharya in Chennai, and India Daniel Pineault, a remarkable teacher from Quebec, Canada. And of course my Teacher MS Visawanath, founder of the Foundation of Pathanjala Yoga Kendra in Bangalore, India.
Krisnamacharya lived in the Himalayas from 1916 to 1924 and he decided to stay in a cave to study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Yoga Kuruntha with the legendary yogi Yogeshawara.
After studying for so many years and mastering more than 1000 yoga poses and Pranayama techniques, Krishnamacharya had became the guru, who connected the traditional and our modern yoga practices today.
We can always associate Mysore practice with Krisnamacharya. Mysore is a town in south India where he first introduced the practice. Mysore practice is a traditional way of practicing ashtanga yoga and offers a highly personalized approach in a group setting.
I learned that Mysore practice is a yogic approach for every individual based on their unique needs, capacity and pacing.
If you come to my Mysore class, I will teach and share with you the practice with an understanding that everyone has a unique need, capacity and level of appreciating the practice:
- I will welcome you in class with an open heart and mind.
- In return, I will encourage you to bring a happy heart in the class and enthusiasm to learn.
- I will observe each and every individual’s transition. I know that coming from the outside world to the world of yoga needs time. I will allow you to just sit for some time, breathe and relax.
- I will respect your uniqueness, your need and capacity. We will do yoga at your own pace. There is no rush, I will always encourage you to learn the practice slowly, respectful of your own time.
I believe that Mysore practice is a great way to start your day, and once it’s done, you can conquer your day with great enthusiasm and a happy and grateful heart.
This is all for now. I encourage you to embrace gratitude in your practices.
I am excited to share with you the other aspect of Mysore practice and stories to inspire you to explore yoga and find your way. OM.