Here’s a sneak peek into our Mysore room.
If you’ve never been to a Mysore style Ashtanga yoga class, it may be a bit confusing at first glance. The traditional system is one of self-practice. Yes, we have a class, and we all come together in the yoga room, but everyone here is doing the ashtanga yoga series on their own, with their own breath, at their own pace, from memory, with modifications tailored to their own bodies and a teacher (or two) moving about the room offering one on one guidance and assistance.
Its certainly not the only way to practice yoga, but it does cultivate a deeply personal relationship to yoga in a very special way.
These are our yoga students. They have full time jobs, go to school, raise families, are beginners or have done this for 10 years. They ride on trains or bikes or hitch rides from their spouses to come to the studio early mornings and practice this beautiful/challenging/messy yoga side by side.
I thank them for letting me take off my student and teacher hats and be photographer for the morning.
All photos are copyright Cara Brostrom Photography for Ashtanga 4 Life.