With India getting closer and closer day by day (tho i do have to wait 6 months until i actually leave!), with my ashtanga preparation…well why not continue with this theme?
Mysore Magic – Yoga at the Source is the title of a very inspiring short film about the home of Ashtanga Yoga – Mysore, India.
Magic happens at the source of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India. Thousands from across the planet journey here to deepen their practice. Hear what they say, and enjoy an insider’s view into the Mysore experience.
Have you guys been to Mysore? How was your experience? Any tips for ‘Mysore Virgins’?
About Ashtanga Yoga
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (known as Guruji) began teaching yoga in his early 20’s on instruction from his Guru Sri Tirumali Krishnamacharya. In the early 1970’s, the first Westerners stumbled across Guruji’s “Yoga Shala” (school), a small room at the back of his house in Mysore, India. At that time he taught the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Series in a style now referred to in the West as “Mysore-Style”. Primarily mysore-style had a focus on self practice where the student would learn the sequence of postures incrementally receiving guidance and adjustment on a daily basis. In the late 1970’s, Guruji’s first western students invited him to the U.S to teach their friends and students. From that time on, the word gradually spread about Ashtanga Yoga making it increasingly accessible and popular in the west. Consequently, more westerners travelled to Mysore to learn from Guruji in the small Shala where only 12 students could practice at any one time. As the number of foreigners grew the need for a new Shala became apparent, leaving Guruji and Sharath to build a new one which opened in 2001. Today led classes are held Sundays and Fridays whilst Mysore style is taught Monday to Thursday.
The Ashtanga Yoga System emphasises movement with breath. The breath is directed and focused into the upper body. The breath is performed in conjunction with the hold of the bandhas in the lower body. This provides the combined result of inner stability and release of tension in the outer body.
Sri K. Pattahbi Jois explains that “an important component of the breathing system is mula and uddiyana bandha. These are the anal and lower abdominal locks, which seal in energy, giving lightness, strength and health to the body, whilst helping to build a strong internal fire. Without bandhas, breathing will not be correct and asana of are of no benefit. When mula bandha is perfect, mind control is automatic”. (Guruji, Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute)
The bandhas cultivate lightness in the practice as well as strength and flexibility in the body.
1.14 The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
(source: Jois Yoga.com)
In Sanskrit: Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito drdha-bhumih
Translation: Practice becomes firmly established when it has been cultivated uninterruptedly and with devotion over a long period of time.
Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops.
In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga.
After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa.
In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher.
Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.