Mysore Self-independent Practice

An individual practice in a group setting for all levels. 

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Pattabhi Jois and grandson Sharath teaching in Mysore India. – Photo by Dayanita Singh

Doors open 5:30 am.  Sitting meditation and invocation starts promptly 530am and 600am during split class days. Please arrive for Mysore self-independent practice no later than 600am.  This allows time for a complete uninterrupted healing practice. The shala closes at 7:45 am.  Assists, modifications,adjustments, teachings will be given from 5:45 am to 7:30 am.

Mysore History

The traditional way of teaching Ashtanga yoga to students is in a so-called “Mysore class”. The name “Mysore” comes from the place where Guruji taught Ashtanga yoga and lived with his family for most of his life and which can be considered the center of Ashtanga yoga: The city of Mysore in southern India. Mysore is considered the most effective way for learning and understanding the practice. Mysore classes are different from the way yoga is taught in most other styles of yoga. Since in Ashtanga yoga the sequence of postures to be performed is fixed, repetitive each day there is no need for the teacher to state the next posture. Instead each student practices in his own rhythm and the teacher can focus on the individual needs of each student. The student is less guided by the teacher verbally, but can rather immerse into one’s self-practice, knowing that the teacher is there to guide, teach, correct and support if necessary. Therefore, the student will advance at its own pace, with the guidance of an experienced teacher and deeper assists. Mysore practice is in fact a very effective way of learning the method of Ashtanga Yoga. Mysore is encouraged to deepen once study and practice of the method of yoga and the 8 limbs of yoga.

Class Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Trainer Address
Monday 5:30 am 7:45 am Christina Martini 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Tuesday 5:30 am 7:45 am Christina Martini 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Wednesday 5:30 am 7:45 am Christina Martini 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Thursday 5:30 am 7:45 am Christina Martini 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Friday 5:30 am 7:45 am Christina Martini 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Monday
5:30 am - 7:45 am - with Christina Martini - at 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Tuesday
5:30 am - 7:45 am - with Christina Martini - at 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Wednesday
5:30 am - 7:45 am - with Christina Martini - at 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Thursday
5:30 am - 7:45 am - with Christina Martini - at 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Friday
5:30 am - 7:45 am - with Christina Martini - at 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco

Christina is dedicated to the practice and to the teaching of the method of Ashtanga Yoga. Her teaching is full of love and inspiration. She has the ability to see the individual characteristics of her students and guide them to develop their own strengths, health and wellness. Christina supports her students to go beyond, deeper into their practice with dedication and trust. Christina is also an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) and founded Ashtanga Shala Santosha Yoga, San Francisco, California

Apolo teaches Ashtanga Yoga as a natural progression of his practice with Christina Martini as a service to himself, the local yoga community and the universe. Just as love, patience, and fortitude inspire Apolo's yoga practice so are these traits reflected in his teaching style and graced to his students and colleagues. Truly dedicated and also a forever student himself, Apolo intends to stay completely immersed in progressing, practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for the rest of his lifespan.