Monday, February 25, 2008

Boy am-y-sore!

"Mysore" practice is named for the South Indian city of Mysore, where the guru of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, has taught since 1947. Because the Ashtanga style includes several fixed series of poses, there is no need for the teacher to call out the name of the next pose - once the student learns it, everybody knows (and sometimes dreads) what's coming. So a style of practice evolved in which students all begin practice together (usually with a chant) and then do thier own thing, skipping the poses they need to, stopping early if needed, etc. This allows the teacher(s) to roam around and give instruction and adjustment as needed. So, you might have a brand-new student just trying to remember what comes after Marichyasana C (Marichyasana D - duh!) next to a nearly-enlightened Advanced A practictioner. It makes for a great practice environment. The energy is absolutely addictive.

Kelly and I have wanted to get this type of class going for a while, but the time just hasn't been right. This Sunday we'll give it a shot. We'll have handouts with pictures of all the poses. There will be options for everything from a 15 minute practice up to a full series (about 90 minutes). Most of us will be working on or within the Primary Series while a few others are considering dipping into the Intermediate Series. Everyone is welcome - the environment couldn't be more friendly and fun. We encourage plenty of skipping and cheating on poses. Anything goes, as long as its fun. Hopefully we'll see you there!

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