MYSORE ASHTANGA YOGA PROGRAM AT BALANCE YOGA
Mysore is an ancient and authentic way of learning and practicing the Ashtanga yoga method. This method is extremely practical and has proven to be exquisitely effective for decades. Through regular practice, one cultivates a strong, healthy body and a calm, steady mind. Ashtanga Yoga is comprised of a number of specific set sequences that serve the purpose of providing structure and discipline to the initially scattered mind. With the help of the teacher in the room, you will slowly begin to memorize & execute these sequences one posture at a time which allows one to build the necessary foundation of strength, flexibility, and concentration required to progress safely along the path of yoga. The Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system is essentially a moving meditation which slowly infiltrates one’s life beyond the mat and into one’s daily experience of life. There is a very special and magical energy of community and connectedness that is felt amongst the students who are moving through and sharing this sacred practice experience together.
Commonly Asked Questions:
How is Practicing An Authentic Form Of Yoga That Comes From India Different From A “Western Created” Vinyasa Practice?
Because it was developed by ancient yoga masters, there is a deep wisdom and integrity within this ancient lineage that has now been experienced and highly valued by tens of thousands of yoga practitioners around the world.
Do I Need To Know The Ashtanga Yoga Series Of Postures Before I Join A Mysore Program?
Absolutely not! In fact, it’s ideal to come in as a total beginner to yoga and let the highly educated and experienced teacher in the room guide you step by step, safely and effectively meeting your individual needs. The prospect of taking responsibility for your own Ashtanga yoga practice rather than being led by a teacher can seem scary and uncomfortable to many new yoga students so it is no wonder that beginners often assume that Mysore classes must be for more advanced students.
What Is The Purpose Of The Mysore Ashtanga Class?
In truth, you will learn more about your yoga practice in a month of attending a Mysore style class than a year of only attending Led Ashtanga classes. Mysore allows you to move at your own pace and only practice the number of postures that is appropriate for you that particular day. Each student’s practice is completely individualized taking into consideration one’s age, health, and current physical state.
What Is The Purpose Of The Led Ashtanga Class?
The Led Ashtanga Class is a very important part of the Mysore Ashtanga Program in that it’s purpose is to maintain & reinforce the correct sequence of postures and one’s understanding of the vinyasa system.
How Does It Work?
We ask that all interested students first come in and observe 1 or 2 Mysore Ashtanga Classes for at least 30 minutes. If you decide you’d like to learn this method, a one month, 3 day per week commitment is required which consists of 2 Mysore classes and either 1 Led class or the Ashtanga For Everyone Class on Saturday mornings. (Which is ideal for beginners because it moves at a slower pace.)
Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Program Directors
Stacy Plaske has dedicated the last 15 years to the study, practice and teaching of the tools of yoga. She has completed a 200 hour, two 500 hour trainings, has traveled to Mysore, India 8 times to study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his daughter Saraswathi and grandson Sharath, and has taken numerous workshops with Senior Ashtanga & Iyengar Teachers such as Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Tim Miller, and Jeff Logan, to name a few. Stacy is also a student of Vedic Chanting with Danielle Tarantola and is passionate about the study and application of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in her life. She has been teaching yoga and running her yoga and wellness center full time for the last 11+ years and is passionately dedicated to sharing her love for and knowledge of the tools of yoga with her students. Stacy is also the co-creator of the Ultimate Energy Cleanse, a 7 day whole body cleanse, as well as the co-founder of
Teacher’s Intensive 108; an essential post-graduate advanced yoga program that she developed with Jeff Logan which launches Winter 2014.
Adam Dobbs, one of Long Islands most senior Ashtanga Yoga Instructors and practitioners teaches Mysore Class at Balance on Monday and Wednesday Evenings, he sustains a 3-4 hour (minimum) daily practice of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation of his own. Over the years he has had the honor of studying with David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, RIchard Freeman, David Swenson, Beryl Bender & a bit with the late Sri K. Pattabi Jois and Grandson Sharath. Adam is also a highly experienced massage therapist and bodyworker, for more information please visit www.adamdobbsyoga.com