For more than a decade, we have been Ottawa’s studio for Astanga Vinyasa Yoga. The studio was founded by Janice DeFilippi, a long-time practitioner of Astanga who made many trips to Mysore, India to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois, at a time when the practice existed in relative obscurity and class sizes were below a dozen.

Mysore Classes take their name from how Pattabhi Jois traditionally taught on his own turf. Students start by working through the first few postures of the Primary Series at their own pace, receiving personal attention from teachers to help memorise new breath and movement patterns as they go.

You don’t have to be flexible, or know what you’re doing — just practice.

More experienced students might have a one or two hour practice which has evolved over many years. They often keep coming back to tap into the group energy, and to have teacher feedback so that their practice can continue to grow.

 

Guided Classes

All-Levels guided classes are also offered during the week at noon and in the evenings. This is very helpful if you are new to this type of practice, or yoga in general.  You’ll be talked through the basics of Sun Salutations (warm-ups), followed by the Standing Series and the first few Seated Postures.  A simplified Finishing Series is usually presented with modifications for all-levels of ability.

Led Primary Series is also guided, but this class is only appropriate for students who have been practising for at least 6 months, as the teacher guides the entire primary series with minimal instruction.

 

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