Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional practice based on ancient yoga teachings, and made popular through the teachings of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). Ashtanga Yoga is a challenging and rigorous style of yoga that follows specific sequences of postures aimed at methodically opening, strengthening, balancing and purifying the body and mind. Postures are linked together through breath synchronized movement (vinyasa) which build and maintain heat (tapas) within the body while keeping the mind engaged and focused. The main focus of the the Ashtanga practice is Tristhana which means the three places of attention or action: breathing system (pranayama), posture (asana), and looking place (dristhi). These three are very important for yoga practice, and cover the three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and the mind.
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Please note: All classes will be taught in a heated room 85 - 90 degrees.
WHAT TO EXPECT/FAQ
Do I have to be advanced or know the sequence to come attend Mysore?
All levels are welcome! You can come without knowing anything about yoga although we highly recommend first attending one of our 6-week Beginner Courses for the most in-depth introduction to the practice. If you choose to begin learning the Ashtanga practice in Mysore class the teacher will start you from the very first pose on your first class. Contact us if you are interested in participating in a Beginner Course.
How many times a week should I practice?
It is recommended to practice five to six days per week, ideally at the same time each day. Practice is best done in the early morning. The reason behind morning practice is it allows for an empty stomach, a clear head and well-rested body and mind.
If a daily commitment to practice is impossible, practicing at least three days a week will still bring benefits! All levels of commitment are welcome. Start where you can and work up to a higher level of commitment as you feel compelled.
How often should I practice led on top of my Mysore practice?
Traditionally, within a six day a week practice, one has five days of mysore practice and one day of led. The last practice day (Saturday) is typically for led primary.
When should I not practice?
Traditionally we take off practice on full moon and new moon days.
The Ashtanga practice is a prescription and used to heal the body and mind. With that being said, it is a very challenging practice. Students should expect to experience body soreness. The only time one should not practice is if he or she has a fever or she is on her cycle. With injury or common sickness, keep practicing but inform the teacher to decide if a modification to your practice needs to be made.
Ashtanga Room Etiquette
— Do not wear perfume, cologne, after shave, essential oils, or scented antiperspirant
— Arrive bathed and in clean clothes
— Small towel in addition to mat is useful
— Bring water for after practice
— Practice on an empty stomach
— Bring all valuables into the practice room
— Sign-in and pay before class
— Be considerate of students regarding behavior and noise level
— Inform the teacher of any injuries or medical / health issues
— Come prepared to work hard, sweat, and stay focused
— Do not wear jewelry such as watches, necklaces, dangling earrings or bulky bracelets and rings.
What should I expect as a beginner in a Mysore class?
As a beginner, you’ll be taught the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga practice one-on-one. You’ll learn what forms the foundation of the practice in small manageable pieces. You will be guided through basic posture sequences while learning to synchronize your breath with movement. Your first few classes will only be around 30-45 minutes. With regular attendance, your practice will gradually increase in length. New students always receive the most attention during class so you’ll never be left on your own. Over time the fundamental sequence of postures are learned and memorized. The teacher will then slowly add new postures to your practice as you progress.
Our Ashtanga Program is a collaboration with Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta (AYA) and is led by Brice Elizabeth Watson, KPJAYI Authorized Teacher. To learn more about workshops and events at AYA, please visit their website.
About Brice Elizabeth Watson
Brice started practicing yoga in London, England, in 2001 at the age of 18. After feeling a need to dive deeper into the philosophical practice of yoga, Brice began a daily ashtanga practice in 2010. In 2013, Brice became a student of David Garrigues of Philadelphia, PA. David, being only one of 47 certified to teach by the late Pattabhi Jois, deepened Brice's understanding of the sacred yoga text, Sanskrit study, and pranayama and Vedic chanting.
In 2015, Brice made her first extended trip to Mysore, India, and became a student of Paramguru Sharath Jois (grandson of the late Pattabhi Jois) at KPJAYI. In 2017, Brice was blessed and granted authorization to teach the ashtanga method by her teacher, the Paramguru.
Brice is only one of three people honored to be authorized to teach in the state of Georgia. At present, she is also the only female authorized in the state of Georgia. Always a student, Brice continues to take annual trip to India to further her study at KPJAYI.
Brice's intention in her teaching is to bring the power of philosophy into the asana practice, a philosophy that has changed her life and is the foundation of yoga. She is honored to have the privilege to share what she's been given and strives to hold the highest integrity, discipline, and devotion in the yoga room.
Brice lives in Atlanta, GA, with her partner, KPJAYI authorized teacher, Todd Roderick, and their dog, Ravi, an Indian Pariah Dog rescued from the streets of India. Brice also teaches a daily mysore program dedicated to the teachings of KPJAYI with her partner (senior teacher and student of the late Pattabhi Jois) at his Shala, Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta in Inman Park. Brice also runs The Mysore Foundation, a non-profit, with KPJAYI authorized teacher Marque Garaux (Great Lakes Ashtanga). With The Mysore Foundation, they work tirelessly to provide for children living in poverty in India and continue to rescue street dogs (India Pariah Dogs).