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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) 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...

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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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A letter of news from our dear teacher Amy Hughes. 

ashtanga mysore teacher Feb 20, 2021

Dear Friends in Yoga,

I know the cold months of the winter lockdown have presented each of us various challenges. I do hope that as the spring bulbs shoot up, the days lengthen and the Covid numbers come down there is a sense of spring positivity breaking or at least on the horizon. 

During the hibernation period my partner Tom and I decided to move to Cornwall where my family is at the end of March. Lockdown has been a time of reflection and reassessment for all of us. For me, like many of you, my family are incredibly important. So with my parents getting older I have been feeling a deep desire to be just around the corner to spend time in a bubble with them. From Edinburgh I could fly to India faster than I could drive to Cornwall and I have found the distance a real struggle during lockdown.

My community at Meadowlark means the world to me and because of our virtual yoga shala, I will not be leaving you really. Here are the details of my continued offerings and commitments...

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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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Meadowlark Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Program

ashtanga mysore yoga Sep 07, 2020
 

Mysore updates: 27th May 2021

Due to Government Covid restrictions our all levels Ashtanga Mysore program operates online and in-studio with our well established program.

All of the most up to date details are on this new webpage

All BOOKINGS HERE

 

 

COMMUNICATION 

 
In yoga and gratitude to you all,
Emma, Karen, Amy, Kirsten and the rest of our Mysore team x
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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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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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Online Mysore at Meadowlark Yoga

ashtanga mysore yoga Mar 20, 2020
 
NEW webpage with updated times and details HERE
 
 

MYSORE & LED CLASS SCHEDULE 
Most up to date schedule is HERE
 

ZOOM

Click on the link: 
Passcode: yama  
 
All of our online Mysore offerings are on this meeting code. 
  • This is live streamed and not recorded. 
  •  This is only for your fellow Meadowlark Mysore practitioners. 
  •  Please mute your side of the channel, if direct dialogue and guidance needed, unmute and ask your teacher questions as needed.  
  • We will be able to see you (if you choose to use video) and will offer support and guidance. 
    • This method is about supporting our regular practitioners who already know how to practice with some maturity.  We will provide you with support, accountability and community to be able to find steadiness and growth in this unusual time.  
    • Just like the...
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An Update from Your Mysore Teacher, Emma Isokivi

Dear Mysore Practitioner, 
 
As a Mysore teaching team, we are committed to helping you sustain and grow your regular yoga practice.
 
During this rapidly changing time, we are planning to keep our Mysore doors and hours open for as long as reasonable and safe.  We will update you regularly if this needs to change. 
 
Maintaining your regular practice (whatever size/ shape/ or beyond asana that might be) is of the utmost importance in this challenging time.  It’s easy to push our wellbeing to the side during uncertain times, but this is the time to “double down” on your regular practices to be able to maintain steadiness and wellness for your body and mind.
We encourage you to:
 
- Practice at the same time as you normally do. (Tell family members/friends to give you space and support to do that if needed).  
- Move regularly. Physical activity plays an important role in your boosting your immune system and...
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