Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mysore: A note on the practice


photo c. r.sharath website
There are many yoga blogs, and I've written a lot about yoga elsewhere, so I haven't been detailing too much about the actual Ashtanga practice I'm doing in India on this blog. But today in class, when I was thinking about how much I appreciated my teacher Sharath Rangaswamy—I mean, he's partly the reason I came to India again— I thought, I've been remiss! Sharath is carrying on the lineage of his grandfather, we yogis' and yogini's Guruji, Sri. K Pattabhi Jois, who at age 90+, is no longer regularly teaching, but is largely responsible for the proliferation of Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga (When I came here four years ago, he makes appearances at Sunday conferences, while Sharath is running the shala). I first was introduced to this somewhat demanding, but ultimately rewarding, practice of specifically sequenced postures nearly a decade ago, and I credit it with making my life about 99% better than it was before I started. I've taken breaks over the years, but I keep circling back to 6-day a week practice. I hope you'll follow the links above to find out more, and an experienced teacher near you.

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