MYSORE ASHTANGA YOGA PROGRAM AT
“The Mysore Collective”
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9:15AM
(teacher in room 7:30-9:15am)
Saturday 9:10am Full Led Primary Series
Mysore style practice is the ABSOLUTE BEST way for beginners to learn the Ashtanga Yoga Practice. All it requires is an open & focused mind, trust, patience, humility, a good sense of humor, and a commitment of coming to class at least 3 days a week.
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.
GURUJI LIVES HERE SHORT FILM: A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE SRI K PATTABHI JOIS https://vimeo.com/133070430
RICHARD FREEMAN ON YOGA: THE NATURAL PUSH & PULL OF TRUE AWAKENING https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtdvnYjBfzs
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 who have never done Ashtanga Yoga 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 Full Led Primary Series Class on Saturday mornings.
Mysore Ashtanga Program Directors
Stacy Plaske, E-RYT 500, Authorized Level II Ashtanga Yoga Teacher KPJAYI
Stacy is the founder and owner of Balance Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Huntington, NY since 2002. Stacy is an E-RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) having graduated from The Long Island Yoga Teacher’s Training Institute as well as the Healing Yoga Foundation, and has been teaching yoga full time as well as running Balance Yoga Center for well over a decade. Stacy continues to study the 8 limbs of yoga with passion, trust, and surrender and honors the Traditional Hatha Yoga traditions within The Krishnamacharya Lineage, particularly the Ashtanga Yoga Method as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Stacy received Pattabhi Jois’ blessing to teach the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga in 2006 and in 2012 received her Level II Authorization from Sharath Jois to teach both the Primary & Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga. (www.kpyayi.org)
Stacy now continues to study Ashtanga Yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy in Boulder, CO with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at The Yoga Workshop.(www.yogaworkshop.
com) and in India with Sharath Jois. In NY she takes self practice on her mat and studies The Yoga Sutra as well as Vedic & Yoga Sutra Chanting with Danielle Tarantola. (www.yoga-foundation.com) Stacy is extremely dedicated to the continual study and application of the many transformative tools of yoga for her own personal journey towards a more gracious, easeful existence as well as sharing her experiences with her students. She is a truly devoted, inspirational teacher whose love and application of yogic principles shines through in all aspects of her being.
Danielle Goldstein, eRYT-500 is the founder and owner of Mindful Turtle in Setauket, NY and co-owner/director of Balance Yoga as of May 2018. She has had a dedicated yoga practice for over eighteen years and has studied many traditions of classical yoga, particularly the Ashtanga Yoga Method, developing a respect and appreciation for yoga and its life changing possibilities. Her classes are motivating, inspiring and compassionate.
Her training includes both a 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training from the Yoga Teacher Training Institute under the guidance of Ma Mokshapriya Shakti and Marianne Mitsinikos. She has an additional 500 hour certification in Classical Ashtanga Yoga with Beryl Bender Birch of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. In addition to being a faculty member of Beryl’s teacher training program, she has assisted Beryl at various workshops and trainings around the country. She is forever a student and continues her study of Ashtanga Yoga with Nancy Gilgoff and locally with senior Ashtanga teacher Christine Hoar. Danielle is a compassionate teacher with a skillful eye offering precise adjustments making the Ashtanga Yoga Asana practice fun and accessible to all.
Danielle is also a parent and child counselor with over twenty-three years of experience in the fields of education and counseling. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from CW Post University, is a Nationally Certified Counselor, and is Certified Yoga Therapist. She specializes in developing therapeutic yoga practices for those recovering from trauma, and serves on the board of The Morgan Center, a preschool for children undergoing chemotherapy.
I began my career in the health sciences over two decades ago. I have always felt that there were alternative approaches to feeling better and attaining more balance and wellness. Fitness and nutrition were the basic building blocks that inspired my journey, and ultimately, I became a Registered Dietitian. I worked in several settings, both clinical and private practice, and I loved to help people feel better and develop tools and practices for improving their health, mindfully and physically.
Soon, yoga entered my path. What started out as a means of exercise ended up becoming the most significant aspect of my personal and professional journey. I have dedicated over 18 years to yoga practice and study, countless hours of formal and continued yoga trainings, from traditional Hatha Yoga, Krishnamacharya Lineage, Healing Yoga Therapy, philosophy study, Vedic chanting, meditation, pranayama and other various styles of yoga.
My primary focus is Ashtanga Yoga, as originally taught by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois. In this method of practice, I find ALL the tools of Yoga transforming. I maintain a daily self-practice and I teach Led, Mysore and various workshops/intensives to New and experienced students. Ashtanga Yoga is a physical discipline, and an even stronger mental discipline. Under the guidance of my teachers, David Garrigues, Certified Ashtanga Teacher and Tim Miller, one of the first Western students, and a pioneer in the community of Ashtanga Yoga, I continue to reach new depths as a practitioner and as a teacher. An effective teacher must ALWAYS remain a student as well.
Given my dedication to yoga and nutrition, I was inspired to learn about the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. After all, it is the sister science to yoga, and it embodies such a cohesive approach to health and optimal wellness. My career culminated with formal studies at Kerala Ayurveda Academy, wherein I became a Certified Ayurveda Health Practitioner and Certified Plant Based Nutrition. I take pride in being part of the movement and increasing awareness for healing science and optimal wellness.
I have been studying, teaching, counseling, practicing and utilizing all that I have learned to better serve and educate people in achieving and maintaining health and harmony. My vision and formal studies have come full circle. Cheers to good health!
Patricia began her journey into Yoga more than three decades ago with Sharon Gannon and David Life at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York City. Patricia made numerous visits to India, the birthplace of the Ashtanga Lineage, and has had the great honor of studying under the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois during his visits to the states. Patricia went on to study under the tutelage of many great teachers, including Richard Freeman, Tim Miller, David Swenson, and numerous others. Patricia is most grateful for the age-old healing methods of yoga and she is guided in her daily life by the 8-limbs of this sacred, ancient tradition.
David has been a dedicated practitioner and student of yoga for past 9 years, studying Ashtanga yoga in the Mysore tradition with Stacy Plaske at Balance Yoga and Healing. David has also been studying Vedic chanting and the Yoga Sutras with Danielle Tarantolla for the past 2 years.
David has recently completed his 200 YTT under the guidance of Danielle Tarantolla at The Yoga Foundation. He has attended a multitude of workshops and intensives taught by Stacy, and recently traveled to Boulder, CO to study with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor.
Yoga has become an integral part of David’s life, and he is excited to continue learning, practicing, and sharing his experiences with his students.
I am a 500 hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. In addition, I am a Group Fitness Instructor certified through ACE. I am a long time yoga practitioner and a lifelong athlete.
My training includes the continuous study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System as well as a dedicated daily practice. All aspects of this ancient and healing practice are studied, including; benefits, anatomy, modifications, alignment, adjustments and philosophy. I am able to teach in a Mysore style setting, as well as Ashtanga Led classes with full vinyasa Sanskrit counts. My open level Vinyasa classes include postures taken from the Ashtanga Yoga system and are incorporated into a flow class designed for all practitioners.
I work with multiple populations, including but not limited to; triathletes, athletes, body builders, military personnel, first responders, senior citizens and those with disabilities.
Attending trainings, workshops and continuing education each year, with the industries most highly respected teachers, allows me to share my study of this long tradition with students.
Yoga is a life-time learning experience, I will forever be a student. Growing, learning and laughing with my students is one of my greatest joys. My classes are designed to keep you safe while being challenged.
Enter quietly and be mindful of others.
Sign in before class, as part of the ritual.
Roll out your mat in a staggered line with others, and square to the shape of the room. This will help you stay balanced as you practice.
If you can make space for someone else, please do. People are usually shy about asking.
If you must walk about during class, please do not step on other people’s mats.
Do not wear perfume, aftershave, essential oils, or scented lotions, shampoos, or conditioners of any kind.
Bathe before class, as a courtesy to yourself, the teacher, and your fellow practitioners.
Return any props that you have used back to their proper place after class.
Please bring a kind, gentle, and open hearted spirit