One of the remarkable things we have learnt this past year, is how success practicing and teaching online Mysore style Ashtanga Vinyasa is.
The ingenuity of how you all as practitioners have adapted to practicing at home has been truly a marvel to observe and support and we have come to realise how big and important our online community is and will now continue to be.
As we begin teaching in-studio again (17th May) many of you who are continuing online (for a variety of reasons) may ask "when's the best time for me to attend online?".
Reinforced by having our *incredible* senior Mysore teacher Amy Hughes now based in Cornwall, we have crafted a large part of our program online and hope it suits as many of you as possible.
Before I dive any further, in the times were we do not have a quiet, dedicated online only time-slot, you'll see this phrase *Mysore connected. This means that while our in-person Mysore room is open there will be an online connection...
We want everyone to feel as safe and as comfortable as possible to be able to attend our in-studio Mysore classes, alongside our extensive online offering.
See below some finer details and points around a Covid “walk through”; entering and exiting your in-studio Mysore class so you can prepare in advance before arriving for the first time:
In our traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore program here at Meadowlark we observe the “moon days”. This means on the full and new moons we invite our community to take rest from our more regular practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.
There are a variety of reasons for observing the rest days, and for many who practice daily (6 days per week) the extra rest and observation of fluctuations in one’s energy over periods of time is welcomed.
During these days we invite our community to focus on other areas of practice, including and not limited to prāṇāyāma, meditation, chanting, gentler āsana practice like yin yoga or Matthew Sweeney’s Chandra sequence. It also invites you to observe the attachment you may have to your ‘normal’ practice.
After advice from Hamish Hendry of Ashtanga Yoga London (who follows the Panchang Hindu Calendar for their Moon day scheduling) and carefully observing our sunrise times here in...
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.
We new students! So if you are brand new to yoga, just exploring or returning to practice again after a while know you that we have dedicated session for you to gain your confidence in over the coming months:
Taster or intensive workshop
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?
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.
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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