Starting Mysore style Ashtanga yoga in the Covid era

For many, being at home, and having access to a multitude of online yoga classes has opened up, and made starting yoga more accessible.  For some of us it might have left us a bit ??? about what style/ teacher/ format is right for you.

 

At Meadowlark Yoga, our Mysore program is a key element of what makes up our daily offering with 4 hours per morning, and evening options also.  What’s a Mysore style class? Read more HERE

 

When we work with beginners in our Mysore community, we like to work in small groups, so there is lots of personal attention, and care can be given individually.  This means that we can cater for lots of different levels, bodies and abilities.  There is no change for us working online, we keep our groups small, foster community and relationships with each other and are committed to help you grow a lifelong yoga practice. This is why we invite "videos ON" during Mysore classes!  Community and connection is...

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New Year, New Focus

Dear Meadowlark Community,
 
This is not a year when we get everything we want, but when we are grateful for everything we have. I write this as the studio owner and founding teacher of Meadowlark. Our team thought we'd share our plans ahead of the festive period to give our community some time to reflect over the holidays.
 
The truth has a way of emerging and showing itself, and it is up to us to see it for what it is and make the most of the circumstances. With that in mind, this is the truth I've seen emerging over the last few months: we are unable to offer In-studio Drop-in classes in the new year. I know you all know the reasons for this, but for clarity, our administrative ninja, Elise, has put it quite succinctly:

Reasons:

  1. It is already unsustainable to run reduced number of classes at such a severe financial loss indefinitely.

  2. The in-studio timetable requires considerable front desk staff for safety/smooth running.

  3. Multiplied workloads with additional...

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Reasons to celebrate

holidays maitri yoga sutras Dec 15, 2020

Given that we are daily reminded of the reasons to be careful and cower in our homes, we at MLY feel it is the right time to celebrate the benefits of online yoga practice.

1. Practice in your PJs. Obviously, this is the best thing to come out of 2020.

2. All the learning. All manner of learning instantly and affordably available on your iPhone. It's almost too much. I think I just finished a course on quantum sound healing?

3. The moment. If ever there was a year when you must NOT plan ahead, this is that year. The only place we can really be is here and now!

As we bauble along toward the holidays, friends, let's always remember that happiness is a choice. Now more than ever, that slippery slope of anxiety can easily catch us unawares during those inescapable moments of uncertainty.

Our message to you, and to ourselves, is that regularly reaching out to friends for support can offer lifelines of stability when things start to feel especially dark. There is also a treasure of...

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The Obstacles and Interruptions to Our Practice and the Remedies to Support by Nadine Watton

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2020

As the days become increasingly shorter it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to practice. I have personally been finding it tricky this year to emerge from my cosy bed early on these dark mornings. Also - finding ourselves in the Zoom world, as amazing as it is, I can appreciate how it can be challenging to log on - we can get so wrapped up in things and we’re at risk of screen burnout. Some days can be a lot easier than others and that really is understanding that our yoga practice is just that…. It is PRACTICE, not performance. We need to give ourselves an internal break and not give ourselves a hard time when things feel obstructed or interrupted. 

I have been including some concepts from the Yoga Sūtra in my classes this season - mainly around the Antarāya, their symptoms and the remedies to alleviate them. I thought it would be nice to write a little about it for you to consider and hopefully give some food for thought over the winter months. Here...

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Practicing in the Changing Seasons

Written by Emma Isokivi, our Mysore director, for ideas about how to have a successful practice in the colder months of home practice ahead. Geared towards an Ashtanga/ Mysore student but lots of take-away ideas for any yoga practitioner. 

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There’s no denying that many of us are feeling the change in the season and temperature, especially for those who are jumping onto our mats in the early mornings.  As we continue to practice at home because of Covid regulations, it’s extra important that we find ways to navigate this season so that we don’t slowly creep into rigamortis over winter. 

Firstly, acknowledge that it can be harder. It’s darker, colder and many of us are practicing at home for the first time ever in our yogic lives. 

In Ayurveda we call this the “vata” season, drier, windy, rougher, colder in its Autumn nature. 

We are all in this together, and having a community to help support stoking your fire...

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Welcome Back!

covid secure Sep 24, 2020


 Thanks to Victoria Vettese for the video.

Thank you!

Your positive response to our 5 Point Protocol means we are able to continue offering in-person classes.

The five points are as follows:

  1. Pre-book online. 
  2. Wear a mask upon entry and throughout communal spaces (you can take the mask off when you're on your mat - make sure to bring your own mat).
  3. Use the hand sanitiser upon entry and throughout the building.
  4. Be fever-free: we are taking temperatures at reception.
  5. Keep 2m apart at all times.

Please also observe our mask + mat policy:

No mask, no mat, no class.

Everyone who wishes to practice in-studio at Meadowlark needs to wear a mask and must bring their own mat. By signing up for class you agree to this policy. We will have to turn away anyone who is not prepared to wear a mask. We have no choice but to turn away those who do not bring their own mat to practice. Anyone affected by this policy will have their in-studio class booking converted to an...

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Meadowlark Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Program

ashtanga mysore yoga Sep 07, 2020

Mysore updates: 14th Jan 2021

Due to Government Covid restrictions our Mysore program operates online with our well established program that has been running via Zoom since March 20th 2020. 

We appreciate change and transitions have a variety of challenges to them, but know that we, as a teaching team, are committed to providing community, focus, enthusiasm and steadiness for your practice alongside keeping everyone as safe as possible.  Keep your practice consistent as we navigate this next part of our Covid journey is key and we look forward to seeing you all on the mat in 2D or eventually 3D! 

Our ZOOM for all Mysore offerings ishttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/6447661797 Passcode: yama  

ALL BOOKINGS HERE

Mysore weekly Schedule: 

MORNING

  • Monday- Thursday:
0630-1030 Mysore. Opening Ashtanga invocation at 0630 & 0840. 
  • Friday: 

0730-0900 Led full Primary series  (monthly led intermediate)

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Demystifying "Mysore"

Uncategorized Sep 05, 2020
WHAT IS MYSORE STYLE/ ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA? 
 
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system provides a dynamic and personalised platform for personal growth which is seeped in philosophy and history.  It provides both a physical and mental modality towards wellness. 
 
The word “Ashtanga” comes from the ancient scriptures of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, it means “eight limbs”. In the sūtras Patañjali describes the eight branches of work to be able to bring wellness in the body and steadiness of mind. (Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Āsana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation). Both internal and external work. 
 
Vinyasa- simply means breath, movement system.  The word “Vinyasa” is now included in our modern day understand of what Ashtanga Yoga is, although closely linked with...
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Acceptance and adaptation

covid-19 Jul 30, 2020

Backstory: we eagerly anticipated opening along with all the pubs and nonessential shops, and then we watched indoor gyms in England open as of last week. While they were outlined as part of phase three of the Scottish Government’s route map, Nicola Sturgeon omitted gyms from her first announcement of the changes. Today we heard her remarks about the 14th of September being a target for our sector to aim toward for reopening. 

So where do we stand now?

Of course, we share the frustration rife in the indoor movement community, and we'll have to sit with that discomfort for some time now. None of us has the luxury of residing in disappointment, however, as we all need to take stock and move forward given the hand we've been dealt. First, we had to scrap the 4-week blocks. These were intended to bridge the gap from early phase 3 into phase 4, but as Scot Gov kept us out of early phase 3 altogether, it is time for us all to catch up.

What are we catching up on,...

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COVID Policy

COVID Policy

as of 30/07/2020 Scot Gov has announced our sector can plan for reopening from 14th Sept.

Posters are on display informing our community of social distancing and cleanliness/hygiene protocols at Meadowlark Yoga (MLY) 

Check out the video and watch for more updates from our Mysore Director, Emma Isokivi to find out about Mysore-specific protocol.

We commit to the wellbeing of our community; anyone coming to MLY with any signs of COVID-19 will be sent home to follow UK Government regulations. 

We are implementing a temperature-taking measure into our protocol; see Fever Free Zone for more details. Everyone will have their temperature taken upon entry; anyone presenting with a temperature above UK Governmentguidelines will not be permitted to enter the building.

We will ensure that social distancing is adhered to throughout the centres at all times by our community members.

It is down to the...

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