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Ashtanga and Mysore Classes



Our Ashtanga and Mysore classes are taught by Level 2 KPJAYI Authorized Teacher, Russell Case. http://www.downtownyogashala.com/apps/mindbody/staff/100000232

Traditional Ashtanga Classes

Mysore-Style Ashtanga  – All Levels, Beginners to Experienced students, 6:00-9:00am, Monday-Thursday, Self-Practice Sundays 7-8:45am

Mysore is the best and most effective way of learning Ashtanga. (If you are new to Ashtanga, please  email info@downtownyogashala.com to schedule a private orientation/class). We offer Ashtanga Yoga in its traditional form, where the practice is shared directly from teacher to student. Each student is addressed individually. Mysore is not unguided - it is self-paced practice. All levels, beginners to advanced students, practice together in a supportive community environment. Students work directly with the teacher to gradually memorize, refine and integrate the sequence of poses so that they develop a flowing, consistent and established yoga practice. It doesn’t take long to learn. Beginners start with a shorter practice that evolves into a longer practice as they gain strength and flexibility. Be patient and remember that a regular, consistent practice, at least 2-3 times a week to start, is recommended to learn the posture sequence, and see the many benefits to the mind and body. On MOON DAYS** (see schedule below), Ashtanga is not traditionally practiced.

Join us and experience the beauty of a Mysore-style class. Mysore is unique and like no other yoga class you’ve ever tried. It is quiet, meditative, supportive – and fun!

Why Mysore-style practice?

  • Convenience: after your first Mysore class, you can arrive any time, giving yourself enough time to do your practice, and leave when you are done.
  • Individualized instruction: Even though we’re all working on the same sequences, no two practices or people are alike. Your practice is based on your ability, not that of the group. The teacher assists everyone individually, as needed. It’s like private yoga, but in a group setting.
  • Self-Paced: You don’t need to keep up or slow down for a group class. If you want a rigorous workout, you can get one. If you need to take it slowly, you can do that, too.
  • You can take it to the next level: If you have and intermediate or advanced practice, you can take it to the next level in Mysore class.
  • Let’s beginners be beginners: In Mysore class, you are never pushed beyond your ability or put into a situation that may not be appropriate for your strength or flexibility – and you don’t get lost in the group.
  • Note: Anyone can observe a Mysore class for free, anytime. Please email info@downtownyogashala.com to arrange a visit.

Doors open 6:15am, opening chant starts around 7am. Please plan to be in your finishing poses by 8:30am.

Led Ashtanga Full Primary Series – All Levels 90 Minutes, Fridays, 6:30-8am

This led class moves through all of the Ashtanga Primary Series in sequence. This class is for Mysore/Ashtanga practitioners, or those with a consistent and strong Vinyasa Yoga practice (with some Mysore or Primary Series experience). This class helps students develop the discipline of following the rhythmic breath count of the traditional led Ashtanga Primary series practice. Minimal instruction or assists in this class (if you want assists, take Mysore class with us!). Rather, it is a flowing, breathing practice in community with the vinyasa count and the breath of the collective class.

Special Promotions


Intro First-Time Memberships - Offered within 30 days of your first visit, Good until you cancel, 3-month minimum commitment
$99/mo Unlimited Yoga Membership (excludes Mysore) or $159/mo Mysore only classes

Standard Unlimited Memberships
$129/mo Unlimited Yoga Membership (excludes Mysore) or $189 Mysore only classes

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