In a Mysore-style room, the teacher guides each student individually, giving an asana one by one following the set sequence of postures. Everyone starts by learning the Primary Series, also known as yoga chikitsa – yoga therapy.
Mysore-style teaching is a safe environment for anyone to learn yoga as the practice is tailored to your own ability and experience. You’ll be given instructions based on your ability, and you’ll progress at your own pace building strength, stamina, and flexibility.
In a Mysore room, everyone practices in silence side-by-side, whether you’re an advanced student or a beginner. As you’re essentially practicing on your own, the teacher’s role is to guide, encourage, adjust and modify when required and advance you when you’re ready. From the very first practice, you’ll learn independence, discipline and concentration.
Verbal instructions are given discretely with no disturbance to other practitioners. The teacher will introduce a new posture when you’re ready, and the last posture is mastered.
Hands-on adjustments are optional and given for guidance and correction or to enable you to move beyond your perceived limitations.
Yoga is a therapeutic and healing practice, that has lots of benefits for people of all ages. When practised with regularity and devotion, you can expect to see an increase in strength and flexibility. Your posture will improve, eventually freeing you from chronic pains, your muscles will tone, and you will feel light and supple. You’ll generally feel more energised, happy, and alert.
Aside from the physical benefits, a regular yoga practice will strengthen and purify your nervous system, improving your mental health. Regular practice can bring calmness, mental clarity and concentration back to your life. The practice will foster a sense of equanimity and deepen your self-awareness, making you feel more balanced and at ease.
I started Yoga with Anna as an almost complete beginner. I am also hyper-mobile so I was nervous of starting at all. However, a year later and I am stronger, fitter and healthier. This is thanks to Anna’s expertise, patience and guidance. I would encourage anyone to give Ashtanga Jersey a go.
Very high quality yoga classes. A healing gentle yet strong space and practice. Highly skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated teacher from a depth of training and lineage. High integrity practice and offering of space, great for beginners and very advanced practitioners. A place for all.
As someone who had never tried Mysore classes before I was nervous my first few times attending, but Anna made me feel instantly welcome and comfortable! I have been attending regularly for almost a year now and have noticed a huge improvement in my yoga practise (in every respect!)! I can’t recommend the classes and Anna’s teaching enough.