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Is Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore Style a Good Fit For Your At Home Yoga Practice?

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Since I'm on my way to becoming a yoga instructor, I'm trying to learn what I can by doing the preliminary work and continuing to deepen my yoga practice.  I've found my yoga style and I'll be talking about vinyasa in an upcoming blog post soon enough.  In the meantime, there's one set of poses (asanas) that I've already got down and that's Ashtanga yoga: Mysore style.  Here's how to find out if it's a good fit for your at-home yoga practice.

It's so important when beginning a yoga program to experiment a little and personalize your yoga routine.  There are so many burgeoning styles out there so finding the right fit is important when making the commitment.  Yoga is a lifestyle, some may even say it's a religion.  It's so much more than one thing.  It has counterparts.  It's up to you to find your counterpart.

I plan on writing an upcoming post on how to find your yoga style, but for now, I want to share with you how I came to love and decide on Ashtanga yoga: my sore style.  I imagine if you're new to yoga or just hearing this, it must sound strange to you.

It sounded strange to me at first too.  Upon doing some research, I realized this was exactly the style that I was practicing all along!  Read on, to discover more about this form of Ashtanga yoga.

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Let's start with Astanga yoga for a moment, since my sore style goes hand-in-hand with this yoga style.  If you too practice yoga, you may be surprised to find that you already practice these poses.

What is Ashtanga yoga?  Ashtanga yoga is about matching breath and movement and producing a natural, internal heat.  It detoxifies the entire body, including the muscles and organs.

That's why I always say that yoga feels like a body massage inside and out.  It almost feels as if it's wringing toxins out of your organs and muscles too.

The longer version of it is that it's an intense form of vinyasa, as you perform a sequence of five asana series.  This is a tough version of vinyasa.  Ashtanga is an eight limb branch of yoga.

Basically, you learn all five sets of asanas (for example, sun salutations), and then you practice them every day.  In classes, you might move quickly through a flow or sequence.

With Ashtanga, be prepared to hit every muscle in your body and to practice almost every day.  It's a commitment, but it's totally worth it.

Mysore Style Yoga Instruction

Now that we've covered all our bases with Astanga yoga, let's talk about what Mysore style is.  In a yoga class, my sore style would be where the yoga instructor goes around, giving one on one.

Instruction of one on one in a yoga class then gives the student a chance to practice those same poses at home in perfect alignment.  This also means that you can go at your own pace and hold a pose for longer until you get it right.

This applies to at-home yoga practice too.  You are able to learn all the sequences and poses in your own time, in a self-taught environment.  It's like personalizing your entire yoga experience!

When I first started yoga, back in my late twenties, I didn't know about the different styles.  I do remember that I would practice long poses that matched my breath.  Afterward, I would do at least five minutes of meditation, usually in corpse pose (that's my favorite for meditating).

Upon doing some research, I realized that the moves I was practicing were Ashtanga, and it was always the same set of poses.  I even taught them to my daughter Chloe.

I never really liked a classroom environment either.  I've never really been a gym person either.  I've always been a self-starter and a self-learner and that's what Mysore style is all about.  Now that I'm working towards becoming a yoga instructor, I see the value in classes for some people.

A yoga instructor can help you with correcting your alignment during each pose, as well as to help you relax and match your breathing to your movements in faster yoga sequences such as Vinyasa Flow.  Two of my daughters have told me they hate practicing yoga solo, but like it when I lead a mini-yoga class for them.  They prefer being the student.

It's about going at your own pace and focusing on poses longer so that you can learn how to align yourself perfectly.  What do you think?  Is it a good fit for you?  What's your yoga style?  Mine is Vinyasa while I'm already well-versed in Ashtanga yoga.  You decide!

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