Mysore Ashtanga

Mysore style practice is the
self-paced, traditional forum and cornerstone for studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Our approach to the practice is inviting and personalized. Please read below for Matt’s particular approach to the practice. Practitioners arrive anytime during the class period and practice for as little or as long as they like, but are encouraged to build endurance so that a one to two hour sequence becomes routine. The teacher moves around the room and practitioners are supported by the teacher individually. Beginners and those with a therapeutic self-practice welcome. If you are a new student, please check in with the teacher upon arrival. 

Please visit Matt’s personal website for FAQ’s, sequence break downs and more information here.



Matt has been teaching Ashtanga since 2005.  He took his first class with Richard Freeman at the age of 14, and since has been a devoted student of Ashtanga practicing daily with gratitude under the close watch of his root teachers RIchard Freeman and Mary Taylor.  He has also been greatly influenced by Dr. Robert Thurman, Dan Michael, Wendy Bramlett, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Gabriella Giubilaro, Prem & Radha Carlisi and Rodney Yee. After 12 years of study in Boulder, Colorado, 500 hours of teacher training, and completion of the Third Series with Richard and Mary, Matt moved to San Francisco to teach the Ashtanga method as Director of the Mysore program at The Mindful Body. He also teaches in The Mindful Body 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Learn more about Matt online at

From Matt Champoux : Yoga Is For Everyone 

We encourage the use of props and modifications to support all levels of practitioners but also promote non-dependency on props. We support students to experience the internal forms of the postures as a way of directing then towards the correct and organic external form of the pose. Therefore, I teach Ashtanga in the method of my root teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. We work with students one-on-one, at a pace that is appropriate to you. The pace of class is catered to your needs and your growth as a practitioner is as much a dialogue as it is a direct transmission of knowledge and method. Our spacious approach to the practice respects lineage and yet employs the cutting-edge dimensions of postural inquiry (props and application of physiological knowledge) to support your evolution as a practitioner. We have practitioners in our shala range in age from early 20s-mid 60s. Ashtanga is for everyone, except lazy people. All you have to do is be at the studio by 7am and you’ll be receiving all the benefits of an individualized yoga lesson at a drop-in price.

For absolute beginners : We have designated the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month as new student days.  If you are completely new to the practice your first day will involve a personal consultation and review of Ashtanga fundamentals followed by a short practice, which we will support you to complete. The rest will come in time. Please come with the intention of checking it out for at least a few weeks to get a sense for things. 

Curious? Check out the FAQ section of Matt’s website.  Or, Email him with more questions.



Elsa is a student of David Williams, Harvey Deutch, Matt Champoux and Mirka Kraftsow.  She has completed a year long yoga therapeutics intensive.  Come experience her functional and therapeutic insights into the practice.  Off the mat, Elsa enjoys cooking, gardening, running, traveling or giving a TEDx talk on home brewing.


 Mysore Schedule

Monday through Thursday 6 to 9am | Mysore Practice Led by Matt Champoux
Teacher arrives to adjust at 7am and chants mantram at 7:25am.

Fridays 7 – 8:30am | Led Ashtanga Primary Series Led by Matt Champoux
A guided half primary or primary series class.  All students practice together at the same pace.

Sundays 8 to 10:30am | Mysore Practice Led by Elsa Karpasitis 
Elsa arrives to adjust and chant mantram at 7:30am.

Moon Days:
Mysore-style Ashtanga is not practiced on full and new moons, which are considered inauspicious days on which to engage in strenuous practice.

New to Mysore at The Mindful Body?
If you are new to Mysore practice: Please start your practice with us on the 1st or 3rd Monday of the month when we designate extra time for new students.

If you have practiced at another Mysore program: Please arrive after 7am Monday through Thursday and after 8am on Sunday when the teacher is present.

Adjunct Faculty: Leigha Nicole, Cheryl Kapchan & Nicole Thompson

Leigha Nicole  Teaching Schedule: December 3 – 20, 2019;  January 5 – 19, 2020; May 3 – 12, August 2 – 23, 2020.

2020 Mysore Moon Days

At The Mindful Body, we observe the full and new moon days as rest days, where no formal practice is offered. Practitioners are encouraged to use this time for reflection and study.

*We will still hold Friday Led Ashtanga, when it falls on a Moon Day. 


New Moon

Full Moon

January Friday 24th *Led Class still held Friday 10th 
February Sunday 23rd Saturday 8th
March Tuesday 24th Monday 9th
April Wednesday 22nd Tuesday 7th
May Friday 22nd Thursday 7th
June Saturday 20th Friday 5th *Led Class still held
July Monday 20th Saturday 4th
August Tuesday 18th Monday 3rd
September Thursday 17th Tuesday 1st
October Friday 16th *Led class still held Thursday 1st, Saturday 31st
November Saturday 14th Monday 30th
December Monday 14th Tuesday 29th
2876 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-2639
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