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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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What is Fever Free Zone?

 

We are working with Dr. Paul Nelson, an epidemiologist by training (who also happens to also be a former yoga teacher at Meadowlark) to refine our COVID-protocol toward the absolute best standards possible. Paul is developing a symptoms-screening app that uses temperature as a gateway for access to high street experiences such as yoga, bicycle repair, shopping, eating, and more. This app is called Fever Free Zone. It gives hyperlocal economies such as the one on our street, Argyle Place, a chance for greater security in terms of health and economic activity.

How does it work?

Our studio gets a cheap and simple thermometer. You arrive for your class with the app pre-downloaded. Your teacher takes your temperature. If you're fever-free, your app goes green and you are welcomed into the studio for your class... and after class you can enjoy frictionless access to all the shops in our local area. If you present with an elevated temperature, the app goes red and you'll be invited to...

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Online Workshop with Sarah Hatcher

On Thursday 9th July, Emma Isokivi and Sarah Hatcher chatted on IGTV and here are some nuggets transcribed from the conversation:

Emma Isokivi is our Mysore Director and a long term student of Sarah Hatcher’s.  On Saturday 25th July, Sarah is running a special 2.5hr workshop for us online (see more details HERE and at the bottom).

Emma:  Sarah why don’t you share a little more about yourself and your connection with Meadowlark?

Sarah: This is fun.

I got connected to Meadowlark Yoga because I came to Meadowlark in 2012 to guest teach and then I ended up staying and the story is a little bit long, but well just the good stuff is I was the director of the program there for a year and a half. Then we moved up to Aberdeen or I started a program up there at Love Yoga. And then we came back to Edinburgh and I was there for another four and a half years or so, and again taught as the director of the Mysore program.

So Meadowlark is, my really heart and...

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Can we ask you a favour?

community sponsorship yoga Jul 16, 2020

We have been overwhelmed by your messages of support over the last few months.  Some of you have been asking how you can best support us as we navigate the uncertain territory ahead:

  1. Keep joining us in class! Online and in-studio, however you can, as often as you can.  
  2. Pay-it-Forward - anonymously support a member of your community by paying for them to attend class:
  3. Pay more for your pass - If you're on our monthly auto-renew and you're able to pay more than the £40 livestream rate, please contact reception to let us know.

For more information and to apply for sponsorship, please visit our Pay-it-Forward page.

 

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Tentative Opening

Every walk of life is undergoing huge uncertainty in our collective response to releasing from the urgency of lockdown. At the moment, the urgency is abating, but we all have to recognise that the factor of potential lockdown will be with us for some time to come.

Here at Meadowlark, our now even smaller admin team is getting ready for the moment when in-person yoga can happen in person in our studio. We are deploying a moveable and scaleable opening plan, so that even as we share these plans with our community base please know that we are prepared to roll up the blanket and move the picnic as needed. 

Some of these sessions are already fully booked, but don't worry as we'll keep the livestream timetable rolling into the future. There are naturally a lot of different feelings around how local businesses should reopen. We are choosing to make our protocol public, so you can keep tabs with our approach as we'll keep updating our COVID-secure document here.

Here is our...

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Listening, friendship, evolution

Let's... pause.

You've listened to us talk about Remski's book, Practice and All is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics and Healing in Yoga and Beyond, in Amy's two-part podcast. Those of you in the Mysore community at MLY perhaps engaged with Emma's purposeful conference after the podcast blog was released. Many of you went out and got the book and are now more engaged than ever in the dialogue.

So what now?

Now we are holding space to hear from you, so you can speak your mind. So you can talk to each other. So we can evolve together. Join us for a community discussion webinar as we float questions for our community to consider and chat about in a safe, semi-structured setting.
  • This event is being held to give the MLY community space to contribute thoughts and ask questions about power dynamics specifically in relation to Remski's book and the PRISM model we are working on. 
  • The BLM movement is a separate but related issue that deserves...
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Community Dynamics in yoga

Our world is beset with suffering and crises at every level. In the face of constant overwhelm, many of us turn inward and look to our communities for support. Social, academic, religious, and physically-focused communities gather around every imaginable kind of cultural currency. Yoga practice is unique in that it forms a rich overlap of circles and for many of us it also offers welcome spiritual nourishment.

How can we ensure the continued survival of our safe spaces? Moreover, how can we be sure that safe spaces like our practice community at Meadowlark are rigorously self-regulating to maintain healthy dynamics?

This topic goes beyond pandemic issues to encompass the critical discourse around high-demand groups, the explicit scope of practice, informed consent, pedagogy, and healthy working relationships that define safe and mutually enriching experiences in any method-based approach to skills practice.

Cutting through the jargon, we are talking about how we manage power....

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It's All About Balance

ashtanga mysore yin yoga May 20, 2020

Written by Kirsten Waugh, our Evening Mysore teacher and general class teacher at Meadowlark Yoga. 

I regularly teach yin yoga classes on the Meadowlark timetable but I’m particularly looking forward to a special moon day practice for our Mysore students this Friday morning.  (Booking details HERE)

I know that many of our students attend other classes outside of our Mysore programme and yin won’t be new to everyone. I also know that even the most committed Ashtangi is often also a keen cyclist, swimmer, rock climber, *insert your chosen activity here*.

Some of the theory we use in Yin Yoga comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Yin and Yang are sometimes described as polar opposites but there is no absolute, and one is relative to the other. Yin is cold, dark, passive, feminine, where Yang is hot, bright, active, masculine. The list is far reaching.

If we apply the principles of Yin and Yang to our daily activities many of us are spending more time...

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