Memories of a Yatra

UTTARKASHI, OCTOBER 2015 To take part in a yatra is an important part of the yoga tradition. It is to go on a pilgrimage to a place of spiritual significance. For practitioners of Ashtanga yoga, travelling to Mysore India, to study at the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois...

BUILDING RESILIENCE

When we embark on the journey of learning the Ashtanga yoga sequence of asanas, invariably along the way we come into contact with asanas that we don’t really like. In fact, there could be a range of responses from mild distaste, to intense dislike to downright dread....

Walking the Tightrope

Today I stepped back on the mat after almost a week and a half. After a week of tonsillitis (practising with fever is definitely not advised!) and then my cycle I couldn’t wait to “begin again.” All this week students have been returning from summer travels, where...

What makes someone a good yoga practitioner?

Is it someone strong and flexible with a fluid, beautiful practice? If so, does that make someone whose form is tight and stiff, who are struggling with their practice, not good at yoga? When Ashtanga yoga is practiced in the Mysore style, students of all levels of...

ABOUT MYSORE STYLE

When I first heard the word Mysore – I thought it had something to do with “My sore…hamstrings!”. I later found out that this is the name of the city in South India from where the practice originates. Now in Ashtanga yoga schools around the world, “Mysore-style”...