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Rise & Shine: Ashtanga Mysore Yoga in the Morning

Rise & Shine: Mysore in the Morning

Considering the idea of attending a 7am yoga class might make you shudder and tremble at the thought of the poor souls dragging themselves out of bed and braving the yoga studio first thing whilst most of us are pressing the snooze button and rolling over for another five minutes in bed. But have you ever considered the numerous benefits of an early morning practice? Changing the way you feel about the start of the day can radically change the way you feel for the rest of the day. Begin the day negatively and you've a lot of positivity to catch up on, but start with a strong yoga practice and you are much more likely to hit the ground running, with a calm mind and a spring in your step.

Mysore, the traditional way to practice Ashtanga, is a self led practice - students work through the Ashtanga series at their own pace, with guidance and adjustment from the teacher, who will introduce new postures to the student when the student is ready.

Here's what one of our students, a regular Mysore practitioner, has to say about the practice:

"Mysore does mean an early start - getting up and into the city early on a Monday sometimes requires more discipline than attempting straight legs in the fifth round of Navasana - but I like the peace and tranquillity of Cambridge and Camyoga early in the morning and  really enjoy taking the benefits of  a good practice with me for a full day. If, rather than facing Monday morning with a caffeine fuelled ‘Grrrr’, you fancy starting the week with a parasympathetic ‘Ahhh’ then come to Mysore.

Mysore is the traditional method of practicing Ashtanga and I feel it’s probably the class that puts the most responsibility in the student’s hands. You have to learn the poses and their order since it’s not led - an A4 sheet or a teacher’s prompt will help if you find yourself lost between dogs and dandasanas but I found that with the sequence, mostly, embedded in my mind I am freed to enjoy the practice and ultimately feel more involved with it.

I like the amount of personal attention one gets in the Mysore environment. Because the class is effectively self-led there’s more time for the teacher to spend a few minutes with a student, working on the finer details of whatever asana they’re trying to improve. Over the span of the class I might get 3 or 4 adjustments that I can reflect on, even pause my practice to discuss - this leads to byte-sized instruction that I find easer to retain which is not always possible in a led class.

I can and do practice at home but I really like that I can be in a yogic centre with a teacher present for guidance but still able to personalise and tailor my practice to suit my wishes on the day – if my hamstrings decide to fight the lengthening process, despite my intense efforts to engage the quadriceps, then maybe five breaths isn’t enough – I’ll try eight or nine and see who has the most patience / resilience . . . okay, so there’s always next week for another round in that particular battle!"

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Join Emma Lindsay for A Week of Mysore this March, with daily sessions running from 10th to the 14th. Commit to this traditional practice and uncover the astonishing benefits for yourself. With enough support we aim to bring a regular Mysore class back onto our timetable! Click here to book online

Yoga Stops Traffick Tomorrow!

Help us put an end to human trafficking in India with the global event, Yoga Stops Traffick.  All monies donated go to the Obanadi Seva Trust. Camyoga is one of many studios around world that will be partaking in this event.  Unroll your mat and join in 108 sun salutations to raise money and awareness. The event kicks off at 2pm and you can join in or just come and watch or donate.  All are welcome. Check out some pictures of the preparations in Mysore.  The salutations will be led by Obanadi residents at the Mysore Palace:

Ashtanga in the New Year

Whether you dabble in  ashtanga or make it a daily practice, the primary series is a lifelong journey.  It unfolds day by day and piece by piece.  As a set series, the system allows for self-practice and a deep understanding of moving within.

"Practice and all is coming"

-Sri K. pattabhi Jois

Camyoga is a excited to welcome Alan O'leary for a weekend of ashtanga workshops in January. Alan teaches Italian Culture at Leeds University and yoga as a balance to his life.  He brings with him experience in the ashtanga intermediate series and from his time spent in the Shala in Mysore.

His first workshop will be on building strength and stamina in the Primary series and is open to ashtanga practitioners of all levels. The next day's workshop will be on making the second series more accessible.  Non-dogmatic in his approach, Alan will  dispel fear and help you find the ways to approach the primary and second series challenges with confidence and fun.

Alan will also be hosting our Camyoga social evening following his first workshop on Saturday January 21.  We will screen the film, "Guru" featuring the late Pattabhi Jois, and have a talk around the tradition of ashtanga yoga in Mysore.

Don't miss these great workshops and discussion.  Further your ashtanga practice and gain new insight into this tradition.

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New to ashtanga?  Get your feet wet in one of our ashtanga led classes.  Then come along to mysore in the mornings. You will be taught how to build your self-practice. Check out the Camyoga schedule for all of our ashtanga classes with Camyoga's own, Howard Daly and Emma Lindsay.



Michael Gannon at Camyoga and on Your iPhone

The 'Yoga Dealer' is coming to Camyoga before he hits the London Yoga Show.  Michael Ganoon trained in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd series of Ashtanga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  He now travels the world, teaching, inspiring, and sharing his love of the practice.

Camyoga is thrilled to welcome him on Wednesday October 26 for a workshop on opening your heart and finding the elements of backbending.  You don't have to be a backbending superstar for this session, it's open to all levels and abilities.

Love your ashtanga?  Then Join Michael on Thursday for a Full Ashtnaga Vinyasa Count class. It is a rare opportunity to practice the "full form" with the correct vinyasa count in Sanskrit.  Book here for both events.

Want your ashtanga anywhere? There's an app for that. Michael has released the first ever ashtanga app for iPhone and iPad. This app is personally tried, tested, and approved. It has beginner and advanced options, great pictures and instructions, and simple to use features. Check it out! 

Surya Namaskara A with Howard

Salute the sun ashtanga style.  Howard demos this key piece of many yoga practices. Having a hard time taking flight?  Look back at some past videos on jumping with Howard. Looking for modifications and conditioning for the salutations?  Check out Louise Lloyd's 4 part video series in the videos section of our blog.  Happy practicing!