Welcome to Ashtanga! This is a practice that can develop into your own life sustaining treasure and connect you to a larger world.
Twelve years ago when I began teaching Ashtanga in Indianapolis, I couldn't find any Ashtanga classes in the city or even the state. As the first Ashtanga teacher in Indiana, it is a joy to see how a small, dedicated, intimate group has grown into a lively city and statewide community. What a beautiful unfolding of devoted yoga practices we are witnessing today as this community continues to grow and deepen the joy. Come join us on this path of practice that enlightens our way.
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga is the ancient system of yoga passed through Krishnamacharya to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—-building a sequence that produces intense internal heat and a purifying sweat to detoxify muscles and organs. Beyond a strong, flexible body and calm mind, there are multiple levels of health benefits in this progressive process of building a personal practice. It is intended to eventually be memorized, allowing one to more fully experience the practice as a moving meditation. Students may be practicing at different levels. Beginners are quite welcome in this inspiring, multi-level class environment.
What is Mysore?
Mysore is an important Ashtanga tradition of personal teaching that helps to deepen one's practice with trust and dedication. Mysore is the city in South India where Ashtanga yoga has been taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his family since the 1930s, continuing this teaching style from his teacher Krishnamacharya. Mysore-style practice is intended for all levels. Students practice their own sequence of asanas at their own pace and the teacher assists by giving hands on guidance, attention and instruction to specific student needs. As this is not a led class, experienced participants practice the sequence from memory. Knowledge of the system of Ashtanga is not required and beginners are quite welcome to attend. Help from the instructor will be given to new students as they memorize the sequence. Mysore is like receiving a private class in a group setting with all levels practicing at their own pace, but at the same time. A Mysore class is usually offered for 1.5 to 2 hours. However, students may practice for a shorter amount of time and leave earlier as needed, according to their own personal schedules.