Self-Practice is what yoga is all about. Yoga, for thousands of years has been handed down from teacher to student on a one-to-one basis, taking a student through his or her own development at an appropriate pace. This method is still used in Mysore, India, where the “Guru” of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teaches in this method. This is why this type of practice is also called “Mysore” style or class.
Under this method, students each practice at their own pace, without being led, pose by pose, through the practice by a teacher. It’s not a led or guided class where everyone is doing the same pose at the very same moment. Everyone does the series on which they are working, but at his or her own pace. The teacher circulates through the room and has time to give each student plenty of individual attention, which makes the class a private lesson in a group setting. This allows for a deeper connection to develop between the teacher, the student, and the practice. With only 12 students in the room there is plenty of individual attention that is given to each student. It’s almost like having a private lesson in a group setting. Over five days, you will grow within the practice—the effects will encourage and inspire you. You do not need to know the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to attend these classes. You need only be open minded and receptive to learning.
About David Keil
David began practicing in 1999. He took nine extended trips to Mysore where he both practiced and observed his teacher’s methodology closely. David is Authorized Level 2 by the K. Pattabhi Jois Institute in Mysore, India. Learn more here.