Reflections on Morning Mysore......

Mysore-style Ashtanga is a beautiful and grounding practice. It is for those who seek to be more whole and less fractured, for anyone who wants to find peace with their past and light in their future. This practice helps develop an authentic relationship to the body, and by extension, authentic relationships with others. It also serves as a daily exercise in gratitude that translates off the mat into a rich appreciation for life. Everyone comes from a different place when they first join the Mysore community. The room is filled with brave souls who have chosen to confront difficulty and use the practice to detoxify their bodies and minds. Each Ashtangi has a separate and beautiful story that they identify with, but together the practice unifies us as one unbreakable family. When Stephanie came to Mysore, she found a tradition and community that supported her as she left behind an unhealthy relationship and party infused lifestyle. The group and the practice guided her toward strength and possibility from which she will never turn back. Jesse joined Mysore to help address body image issues and find calm within herself. Kelle joined Mysore to rehabilitate her ankle and found that it also boosted her confidence and helped her with major life changes. Ryan joined Mysore because he was seeking a self-care practice that would facilitate the healing and transformation of his mind, body, and spirit. He found that this self-led and highly demanding practice was exactly what he needed to redirect his yoga journey. Dawn first came to Mysore at a time when she felt like something essential but unnamable was missing from her life, and her practice has led her to a deeper sense of wholeness and self-knowledge. But what is it about Mysore that attracts so many people? The Mysore room is a sacred space that provides the chance to be vulnerable.The practice invites us to isolate emotions and take responsibility for what we feel. The gradual transformation comes with phases of confidence, numbness, frustration, and bliss, and ultimately reveals the most pure and radiant version of ourselves..