Adventures in Mysore India,  Teaching Ashtanga

Check This Out: Do You Teach “Regular” Ashtanga?

From Shanna Small @ Wellness From Inside and Ashtanga Picture Project. Check out the original here.



These are real questions that I got from someone yesterday. These are so common in the Ashtanga community so I put them here.


Question from yesterday: ” You don’t do “regular” Ashtanga” classes?

Answer: Mysore is “regular” Ashtanga. Mysore is the way that Ashtanga is supposed to be learned. Guided classes are for people who already know and practice Ashtanga. Ashtanga is practiced 6 days a week. The student is to do Mysore 5 days a week and a guided class once a week.


Comment from yesterday: “It is better to learn the practice in a guided class and then come to Mysore first”



 Answer: Incorrect, you learn the practice pose by pose, at your own pace and  one on one in Mysore so that you get a full understanding of each and every asana and how it works with your body. In a guided class, the teacher only has 5 breaths(30 seconds) to teach you a complicated pose. There is no way that would ever be better then learning it one on one where you can ask questions and have it broken down for you.

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail

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