Mysore Yoga Cape Town and Ashtanga Yoga Johannesburg are so excited to announce that Laruga Glaser will be visiting South Africa again in 2018 for an Urban Immersion. Catch her in Jozi, 12 – 18 Feb, and Cape Town, 19 – 25 Feb. If you visit both cities you even get 10% off! Double happiness. To find out more about Laruga and check out her inspiring articles and videos visit her site. Click workshops for more info about her trip to Cape Town and Jozi for her visit to Ashtanga Yoga Johannesburg. Early bird prices end 16 Dec 2017, so don’t delay, book now!
Mikko Seppinen is the director of Mysore Yoga Copenhagen in Denmark. Here he chats about pranayama. “I started the practice of pranayama around ten years ago in Copenhagen with Paul Dallaghan, and have continued since then under the guidance of Sri OP Tiwari and his son Sudhir Tiwari, some of the most authentic voices in the world of modern yoga. Pranayama is a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind. It is often considered as one of the best yogic practices for spiritual growth as well as for therapeutic applications. For me personally pranayama has been an invaluable supplement [……..]
MYCPT is very fortunate to have Yvonne de Kock teach two workshop classes in which students will learn to count in Sanskrit, the asana names of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series, and the opening and closing mantras. The focus will be on correct pronunciation. Yvonne has been a student of yoga for over 26 years and has been studying Sanskrit for the past 17 years. More details about the classes here, and more about Yvonne here. All proceeds will go to CSI. WHY IS PRONUNCIATION SO IMPORTANT IN SANSKRIT? It is important to spend a little time to learn the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation. Reading [……..]
KPJAYI authorised level 2 teacher & director of Mysore Yoga CPH. In Cape Town 19-25 Oct 15. We are so fortunate to have Mikko come and visit our shores in October 2015. I asked him a few questions and this is what he had to say 🙂 Tell us a bit about your first Ashtanga class. Was it a Mysore class? What do you remember and what was it like? I had spent many years playing football, running marathons, studying for a university degree in social sciences, then working as a journalist. Back then, in the beginning of the millennium, it was almost impossible to [……..]
Mysore Yoga Cape Town is fortunate to have Sharline Rofail, an experienced local and international Ashtanga Mysore teacher starting on the 2nd of Feb. She is a dedicated yoga practitioner who captures both timeless grace and focused mindfulness. She teaches in the living tradition of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Sharline Rofail comes from Johannesburg and has been living and studying in Copenhagen since 2010. In the very beginning when yoga was just a mysterious buzzword in her ears, she attended many weird and wonderful yoga classes and had firmly decided that yoga and the slippery yoga mat was simply not [……..]
The more you work inwards by paying attention to breath control throughout the practice, the more you build up stamina to carry on if needed, and if the practitioner is ready. Many people, and I include myself, are attracted at first to the physical challenge and benefit. The problem is the misconception of thinking that we have to achieve a complete series in order to have a full practice, without paying attention to the vinyasas, not to mention the drishtis. Patience is required from the practitioner as much as from the teacher to lead slowly, slowly in the safest way towards developing a full self-practice, like Surya Namaskara can be.
As students at AIR may know, Neal & Vanessa were in Mysore, India over Jan & Feb studying at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). Pattabhi Jois, who is considered the father of the Mysore Ashtanga method, passed away some years ago, of course. But today the institute is run by his grandson, Sharath Jois. Each year, thousands of Ashtanga practitioners stream to the city of Mysore to deepen their practice alongside well-known practioners. Many of these students are of course teachers themselves. Mysore is known as the birthplace of Ashtanga, and continues to be the source – the spring of inspiration and learning for Ashtanga [……..]
A few months ago, we started introducing moon-day Yin classes in the Mysore slot at AIR. Now, as every Ashtangi out there knows, moon days are for resting. So why would we advocate doing yoga when we’re meant to rest? The answer, of course, is that Yin is in so many ways the opposite to Ashtanga. Yin is to yang what moon is to sun, passive is to active, and rest is to energy. Our practice, Ashtanga, is an active pursuit: energetic, athletic. Of course we aim for balance. It’s essential for the mind to be as focused as the body, but that’s easier said [……..]
So what is this mysterious chanting we do before Practice? Does this affect my faith? What does the opening chant really mean? Should I chant it if I don’t know what it means? Hopefully the following translation will try to answer these questions. The translation is taken from a talk by Arvind Pare (https://www.facebook.com/GangaInGokulam) which I was fortunate to attend on my last trip to Mysore 2014. Arvind had many insightful stories and commentaries which help to give the chant a greater meaning. So I’ve included some of them here. The original text is written in Sanskrit but I’ve used the English transliteration below. For [……..]
The yoga journey is a lifelong quest, but there are many milestones and joys to celebrate along the way. They say you can eat a whole elephant simply by taking small bites. Now I don’t wish to advocate eating elephants, but I still think it’s a great metaphor! And yoga is like that: Yoga is the elephant, because it’s huge. Just consider that asana – the physical practice that starts with sun salutations and ends with everybody’s old favourite, savasana – is just one part of the eight-fold path of yoga. And the asanas themselves take many years to master. Suddenly asana doesn’t seem quite [……..]