Ashtanga Primary Series Sequence - Mysore Versus Led

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ashtanga is meant to be practiced 6 days a week in Mysore style, named after the city called Mysore in southern India where the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (affectionately called "Guruji by his students), lived and taught. Mysore involves a group setting but with one on one interaction and instruction between teacher and student. The teacher does not "lead" the class in Mysore style--rather each student practices the Ashtanga sequence on their own and only advances in the sequence until they are ready. In Mysore style, students are taught progressively according to their ability.  As in many things, how far a student progresses through the sequence depends on his or her experience and ability. Obviously, certain teachers are stricter than others in this regard. The Mysore method is considered the safest way--and according to some, the best way--for new students to practice. Of course, showing up to the Mysore class without any understanding of the Ashtanga sequence could be problematic.  Led classes therefore are useful for students to gain familiarity with the Primary Sequence.  Guruji taught led classes primarily when he was leading large groups of students outside of Mysore. 




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