Daily morning Mysore Ashtanga Classes consist the following:
Class schedule – 6 classes a week. Sunday rest day.
|Monday||6:00 am to 7:30am||Instructor-Led. Full Primary Series|
|Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday||5:00 am to 8:30 am||Mysore Style. Self-paced|
|Saturday||6:00 am to 7:30 am||Instructor-Led. Pranayama. Dharana. Dhyana. Yoga Philosophy.|
FAQs for Daily Classes
Samyama follows only one asana style and that is the Ashtanga Vinyasa style. Saturday classes have meditation, pranayama and other kriyas (from the hatha yoga tradition) as part of them. Samyama does not offer any kundalini, power or other variants of yoga apart from Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha techniques.There are three types of classes as part of the daily morning Ashtanga classes. They are:Instructor-Led. Primary Series – Select. Monday – 5:30am / 6:30am / 7:30am Mysore-Style. Self-paced. Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday (5am to 8:30am) Saturday Classes
Instructor-Led. Primary Series – Select. Monday – 5:30am / 6:30am / 7:30amGowrisha will lead a “primary series – select” asana class in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa teaching methodology (KPJAYI, Mysore style). Asana selection will be extempore and a subset of the primary series. The led session will last the full hour including a few minutes of Shavasana. The goal of this class will be to bring all students into a common breathing and counting platform and synchronize students with each other and the teacher.
Mysore-Style. Self-paced. Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday (5am to 8:30am)Traditional Mysore-Style self-paced classes are facilitated four days in the week under the direct supervision and guidance of Gowrisha. Each student will have ample opportunity to explore their practice and create a routine that best suits their body-mind system and their work routines. In keeping with traditional style, all asanas are taught 1:1 to each student as they assimilate the teaching they receive and make progress.
Asana Techniques and ModificationsMysore-style classes and Saturday classes provide opportunity for students explore asanas with Gowrisha demonstrating and working with students interactively. Gowrisha used this opportunity to explain the nuances of alignment and techniques that can be used to experience the asana in a deeper way so as to appreciate the full range of the asana. For students who cannot practice certain asanas either due to their current preference or condition, modifications will be taught so students can continue to benefit from the practice.
Saturday ClassesSaturday classes from 6am to 7am have two distinct themes. The first 30 minutes is the regular Ashtanga Vinyasa instructor-led class with asanas from the primary series. The second 30 minutes consist of pranayama and meditation techniques, apart from some theory topics. After the hour, students are encouraged to practice Nethi (jala nethi) in the studio. Water for Nethi will be prepared in advance for students to use and students will be provided a nethi pot for practice. Saturday classes are a pot-pourri of various aspects of Yoga and is delivered in an attempt to encourage students to explore yoga beyond just asanas. Saturday classes allow for group interaction and involve the following topics on a regular basis.
PranayamaPranayama, always practiced after a fairly intense asana session, is taught and practice in group on Saturdays. However, students are actively encouraged to include the practice as part of their everyday practice in class. Pranayama itself can have a powerful impact on the body-mind system as prana is the connecting force between the autonomous (involuntary) systems and the voluntary systems of the body. Controlling, directing and guiding prana (prana’s closest translation seems to be ‘life force’ in English) can bring significant changes to the life of a practitioner and working with prana can help change the flow of life through its impact on the thought process.
Pratyahara TechniquesPratyahara techniques involving withdrawing senses from the external world and allowing them to turn inward are explained and students are encouraged to follow them. Fasting, being in silence and other techniques are explained and questions answered in an attempt to help students develop deeper relationships with their senses and loosen the ties of their senses with the external world.
Dharana TechniquesDharana techniques are about concentration and traditional techniques like trataka and kaya sthairya, along with other techniques to help increase single-pointedness of the mind are taught and practiced.
Dhyana Techniques https://www.quora.com/Meditation/What-are-good-ways-of-mediation-for-beginners/answer/Gowrisha-Hosakere
KriyasKriyas are techniques of Hatha Yoga that have been designed to cleanse and rejuvenate the human body-mind system. There are six generally followed Kriya techniques and of them, Kapalabhathi, Jala Nethi and Jala Dhauthi are taught in class.
TheoryGowrisha shares concepts, techniques and experiences of yoga in ways that can be applied in students’ lives. Practical adaptations of traditional knowledge of Ayurveda (Prakriti – Vata, Pittha, Kapha concepts), Chakras (the 7 prominent Chakras of the body), Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali and related topics are shared in an easy setting allowing students to imbibe and implement these in their lives.
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