Mysore rooms around the world
I wanted to find some videos of standard Mysore style self practice to see/show how this yoga is actually practiced in rooms around the world. The perception of Ashtanga is often that it's fast, breathless, acrobatic I think these videos show that in reality that's not necessarily the case. Sure, there are some fancy postures, especially in the higher series (for those who are drawn to them or pushed there by others) and in a Led class practice is often taken at a faster pace but day to day these videos show, for me anyway, a calm, meditative breathing practice, just as Krishnamacharya first presented it in Mysore.
In my own practice these days I tend to split a series in half so I can take it a little slower still and stay in the postures a little longer. I might add the odd variation here and there too but that's the extra freedom that come from practicing at home.
I've gone for Mysore room videos because in most of these the practitioner's don't seem particularly aware or concerned that they are being filmed, they're just getting on with their practice, as it is.
I think these videos are a fair representation of the practice and seem a long way from the misconceptions that abound.
- The first video, from Rethymno, includes a Led class with Manju as well as Mysore self practice at the end. I include it because I was doing my practice there each morning for three months at the time it was filmed and I have great affection for the room, the teacher, assistants and those I practiced besides.
Rethymno, Crete Greece
Ashtanga Yoga Club of Durham.
Ashtanga yoga Firenze 2016
Ashtanga Yoga: PUOI from ayfi
Winnipeg Yoga Shala Canada March 2010
Mandala Yoga Bend Minn. USA Feb 2008
Yoga Workshop Boulder Co. USA Nov 09
Yoga Zagreb Croatia 2011
Ashtanga Yoga Bologna Italy July 08
Ashtanga Yoga Moscow Russia Apr 2012
Ashtanga Yoga Peru Feb 2012
Yoga Kula Leeds, UK 2012
Florence Yoga, Florence Ma
Ashtanga Yoga Belgrade
Mysore yoga Paris
For this post I preferred music free, realtime videos (ideally just the breath) but here are a couple with music and/or and speeded up
Ashtanga yoga Spokane 2016
Ashtanga Yoga Spokane Video
Ashtanga Yoga Hong Kong 2017
Ashtanga Yoga Hong Kong
This next one I thought was a little too 'promotional' for this post but then noticed that it's a group of practitioners who just spare a space, most of the time without a teacher, I believe there is a donation box at the back of the room for covering costs.
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