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.
MEET YOUR TEACHER : MATT CHAMPOUX
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.
MEET YOUR SUNDAY TEACHER : ELSA KARPASITIS
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 2019 Teaching Schedule: May 26 – June 1 and September 15 – 30th.
*Please note the new student introductory month rate can not be used during Leigha Nicole visits.
2019 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.
|January||Saturday 5th||Sunday 20th|
|February||Monday 4th||Tuesday 19th|
|March||Wednesday 6th||Wednesday 20th|
|April||Thursday 4th||Thursday 18th|
|May||Saturday 4th||Saturday 18th|
|June||Monday 3rd||Monday 17th|
|July||Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 31st||Tuesday 16th|
|August||Saturday 31st||Thursday 15th|
|September||Saturday 28th||Friday 13th *Led Class still held|
|October||Sunday 27th||Sunday 13th|
|November||Tuesday 26th||Tuesday 12th|
|December||Wednesday 25th||Wednesday 11th|
2876 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115