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The Method


"99% Practice 1% Theory" Sri K Pattabhi Jois

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The Method


"99% Practice 1% Theory" Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Ashtanga Yoga ~ Mysore Style

You take practice, You think God!
— Sri K Pattabhi Jois

The modern teachings of this Ashtanga Yoga Practice come from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) who lived in Mysore, South India. Thus, the name given to this particular method used to facilitate transformation is derived from the city where he transmitted these teachings to his students - "Mysore". 

Mysore Style is the heart of Ashtanga Yoga. 

Pattabhi Jois was known for teaching students according to their individual abilities and personality. His approach would differ with each person based on age, physical and mental condition, and overall aptitude or needs. He also appeared to assess students on an energetic level, and would directly give what was needed for one's personal growth.

In the Mysore method, students are met as individuals. Each person is taught progressively according to his or her readiness. A relationship is cultivated with the teacher. The practice begins to grow... 

As in many things, more is not necessarily better or helpful.

With each successive practice, a student begins to develop mastery in conjoining the breath with the asanas (postures) and the drishti (gazing points) in the sequence. When a teacher feels that a student is ready to advance further in his or her personal practice, new teachings are given. 

The student-teacher relationship is central to this approach.

 The Mysore method of teaching and practice is very effective, and Guruji's power continues to be transmitted through his students who received his blessing to teach.