When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be
– Pattabhi Jois
Traditionally Ashtanga Yoga practitioners practice six days a week, Saturday being the day of rest. At Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala Mark teaches Mysore style classes from Monday to Friday and the Full Primary Led class on Sundays. Doors open at 06.30 and you can practice until 09.30! Please keep in mind that we DO NOT have showers (yet)!
For more details, please check out our prices page
Single Class | € 15
5 Class Card | € 65
10 Class Card | € 120
Ashtanga Mysore Week Pass | € 50
Ashtanga Vinyasa - Monthly Membership | € 90
Ashtanga Vinyasa - 1 Month Membership | € 100
What is Mysore style?
Mysore refers to the town South of India where this syle originated from. Mysore style is best described as a self practice in a group setting, Mysore style is the traditional way that the Ashtanga system of yoga is taught and learned. Students come to class and practice the Ashtanga series at their own pace, level and capacity with the individual support from teachers and the energy of a group practice. This self practice method allows the student to work at their own pace while still receiving individual adjustments and personal attention from the teacher. The instructor teaches the postures to each student, making unique recommendations based on individual needs. Postures are given one by one, time is taken to master each posture before progressing to the next. Mysore classes help students to develop a consistent self practice. This class is open to everyone and is appropriate for both beginner and advanced students. It is recommended but not necessary that you participate in a led Ashtanga class before joining the Mysore style class in order to familiarise yourself with the sequence.
Why Regular Attendance?
Simple. The real benefits of Yoga come with consistency, so it is best to make your practice a habit.
You may wish to start a Yoga practice for several reasons; out of interest or out of the will to take responsibility for your mental and physical health. Yoga has rightfully gained a lot of attention in the past decade; the science behind the practice of breath and movement has been clinically proven to change your brain and body. With a consistent practice we direct ourselves towards a more healthier and happier lifestyle.
Why A Morning Practice?
In Yoga Philosophy, they correlate the sunrise with expansion (principle of prana) and the sunset with involution or contraction (principle of āpana). This principle is also connected to the equinox and the solstice. All of these times are seen as auspicious moments to engage in spiritual practice. There are quite a few differences, however, between the two times of day when it comes to a Yoga practice.
From the Yogic perspective the sunrise is when energy is increasing. This is why many people find it easier to be productive earlier in the morning.
How About Practice in The Evenings?
Ofcourse, we recommend the traditional way of practice, first thing in the morning to start your day on the right path! However, we understand that is not an option for everybody and everyone has a different schedule and routine, you have to see what works for you when. If you decide to practice in the evening then we recommend you take it easy, the sunset is when energy starts to wind down. Practicing as the sun sets naturally connects you to the softer side of Ashtanga. It is easier to connect to the meditative qualities because it is a natural time for inward reflection.
Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong. The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.
For the Ladies
A note for the ladies; it is advised not to do Ashtanga on the heavy days of your menstrual cycle, you might take the first day of your practice off or do some gentle or restorative asanas instead. Menstruation is an apanic (downward moving) process. Everytime we engage the bandhas we are messing with the apanic (downward moving) energy which can easily disturb your cycle.