Mysore Ashtanga

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

We offer it as we were taught by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and Richard Freeman. No experience with the series is necessary and beginning students are always welcome.

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 (in both led and Mysore-style settings). 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, Cindy Lusk, Ramanand Patel, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, John Friend, and Francisco Kaiut. 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 

I encourage the use of props and modifications to support all levels of practitioners but also promote non-dependency on props. I 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. I 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. My 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. Students 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 is currently completing 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 7:30 to 10:00am | Mysore Practice Led by Elsa Karpasitis 
Elsa arrives to adjust and chant mantram at 8:00am.

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

Leigha Nicole 2018 Teaching Schedule: September 26 – October 7th & October 23 – November 9th
*Please note the new student introductory month rate can not be used during Leigha Nicole visits.  

2018 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 Tuesday 16th Monday 1st, Wednesday 31st
February Thursday 15th
March Saturday 17th Thursday 1st, Saturday 31st
April Sunday 15th Sunday 29th
May Sunday 13th Tuesday 29th
June Wednesday 13th Wednesday 27th
July Thursday 12th  Friday 27th *Led class still held
August Friday 10th *Led class still held Saturday 25th
September Sunday 9th Monday 24th
October Monday 8th Wednesday 24th
November Wednesday 7th Thursday 22nd
December Thursday 6th  Saturday 22nd

2876 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-2639

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