Yoga links. It connects our breath with our mind, nervous system functions with our moving bodies, and aligns us as individuals to find our central axis so that we are led to gravitate towards our inner quest and purpose.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a vibrant form of Hatha Yoga.
In the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, it is a practice that emphasizes the linking of postures, breath, and gaze woven together in sequential order of movements called Vinyasa.
Keeping the mind on the breath while collecting awareness through movement, it builds up strength and flexibility, creates space to experience one’s body and arising sensations as they present themselves.
Gradualy, this approach enables and supports the development of one’s contemplative quality and appreciation for one’s practice, moment to moment.
What is Mysore practice?
What is Self-Practice?
‘Mysore Style’ or as often times known as ‘Self-Practice’ – is the platform in which Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is practiced.
It follows the traditional teachings that were taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the city of Mysore, India. In this form of practice, every individual is introduced to the same sequential order of postures, breath, and movement in a gradual way depending on one’s possibilities, and capacities.
The practice oftentimes is done in a group setting, in silence while receiving individual attention. Once the set of skills is learned and implemented, most practitioners are actually taking that as Self Practice, and the location – whether in a group or alone, plays a second role.
Nir Tiomkin has traveled to Mysore and studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy at KPJAYI and continued to study with senior teachers from various traditions. His main teachers and inspiration are Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor of Boulder, CO.
Nir teaches Ashtanga Yoga and Mysore-style classes in groups and private tuition. Register to the newsletter and connect for more information.