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Online Mysore 2021 and beyond

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 2021) many of you who are continuing online maybe seeking clarity about the best time to practice with a teacher/ community. 

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...

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Covid safety for your in-studio Mysore class

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: 

  • As per all the general advice NHS/ Scottish Government, please stay at home if you are unwell or presenting any Covid-like symptoms. 
  • Please wear a face mask before entering the building. We will be asking all of our community to wear a mask in the communal spaces, until they reach their mat. (More on this later).
  • The external door will be propped open.
  • There is a hand sanitising station before the internal glass door, please sanitise before using the keypad (code is as before, do ask the Mysore teachers/ knock on external windows if you can’t remember it). This keypad will be cleaned before, during and...
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Moon days for Mysore

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...

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Starting Mysore style Ashtanga yoga

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:

Ongoing courses

  • Wednesday 1900-2000 6 week Ashtanga Foundations BOOK HERE
  • Tuesday/ Thursday 10-11am 4 week Ashtanga Foundations course BOOK HERE

Taster or intensive workshop

  • Mysore Taster, this is a totally beginners 1 hour taster dip-your-toe-in session, to share the beginning details...
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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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