Mysore Style

Traditional self-practice – a path to independence


At Mysore Yoga Paris we are dedicated to passing on Ashtanga Yoga in the authentic way called Mysore Style, as taught by Shri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. In a Mysore class students do their own practice while being given personalized instructions and adjustments from the teacher. How far you go in the sequence is particular to your body, and the pace is determined by your breathing pattern. You are required to memorize the sequence and, over time, postures are added according to your constitution, readiness and ability. So in our Mysore classes we have all levels of practitioner practising together –a highly experienced person, perhaps a yoga teacher, next to someone who is just beginning, or someone recovering from an injury and another who may be 6 months pregnant. It is an individual practice done in a group setting.

There is a special kind of energy happening in Mysore classes […] The feeling I have is that there is compassion cultivated in the room for whatever life might have thrown your way. So although it is an individual practice and journey, there is a possibility to tap into the energy and strength of the group. Kia Naddermier

It is only by self-practice that you progress deeper into the system of Ashtanga Yoga. By learning to listen to, and move in synchronicity with, your breath, the senses begin to draw within, bringing about a deeper awareness. It is a way of practising that creates independence for the student, and allows space to listen internally rather than following the voice of a teacher. Having your own practice is an invaluable gift that you will always be able to use whether you practise in a Mysore class, at home or when travelling.

Our aim at Mysore Yoga Paris is to pass on these teachings as accurately as possible while encouraging each individual to explore the beauty of this practice for themselves. We aim to direct students to rediscover their own inner wisdom and true nature, which is of course the ultimate quest of all yogic practices.

Sa tu dirga kala nairantarya satkara asevito drdha bhumihi
It (repeated practice) becomes firm only when done for a long time, continuously and with sincerity. Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1:14


Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally practised early in the morning with the rising of the sun. It is beneficial to practise at this time as the Prana (life energy) is at its highest. A daily practice builds a solid foundation of stability and strength, a safe platform from which you can unlock the body and mind and develop self awareness. Practising in silence and moving with your breath enables you to listen internally, allowing your individual practice to deepen and fully unfold.

If you are new to Mysore Style we advice you to take the Introduction to Mysore class. No pre-registration is necessary, you can find our schedule here. Please take a moment to look through the Good to know page before attending your first class. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!