Mysore class is the traditional way the practice was taught in India. It is named after the city in India where the practice has roots. Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois, and currently Sharath Jois ran / runs an Ashtanga Yoga shala in Mysore, India.
Any class on the schedule that reads “Mysore” is a different approach to learning than the other classes on the schedule. The other classes are led classes, which mean the teacher leads the students simultaneously through the sequence of postures.
In Mysore class, the teacher is working one on one with every student in the room to facilitate and support the continuation and progression of the student’s personal practice. The student becomes very strong in their daily sadhana (spiritual practice) and will be able to do it on their own with more clarity.
Within this setting, the teacher is more able to address specific needs, as in modifications needed for specific illness or injury, beginners can take practice, and the teacher can progress an advanced student in a way a led class does not have space for. Practitioners of all levels are able to practice in the same room creating a sacred space for healing and transformation with the loving support and guidance of a teacher and the community.
description by Michelle Dorer Ashtanga OBX