Masterji believes that YOGA has to always be adapted to the individual based on the individual's culture, age, sex, physical state, interest, profession etc. Hence, Masterji’s classes are primarily conducted in the Mysore Style.
Mysore style was popularised by Masterji’s guru Sri. K. Pattabi Jois who like Masterji, hails from and taught primarily in Mysore. In this style, Yoga is taught and practiced in the more traditional way where students practice the Yoga series at their own pace, adding more difficult poses as they progress. It is a highly personalised approach to Yoga where one receives a one-to-one interaction with Masterji and at the same time enjoy the group energy of a conventional class. By spending quality time with each of his students, Masterji ensures that he knows their practice inside out and can help them exactly where and when they need it.
Anyone can practice with Masterji, irrespective of age, sex, background or level of experience. Masterji’s classes are open to students with certain physical limitations or injuries; students who have not practiced for some time; students who are wishing to perfect their asana practice; advanced students who are looking to practice or learn asanas that are outside the Ashtanga Vinyasa system; students who are preparing for the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice and for students who are looking to acquire teaching skills.
In Masterji’s class, a student can choose to learn Yoga in any of the following styles:
1. Hatha Yoga
2. Ashtanga Yoga
3. Vishwanatha Paddhathi
In all these styles, the students are encouraged to:
In Masterji’s class, specific attention is given to the refinement of the practice through the development of appropriate movements of the body-limbs, slow, deep breathing. Suitable adjustments are made to improve alignment and symmetry in the asana. Masterji tries not to push the students beyond their capacity.
For seasoned practitioners or trainers, emphasis is given to refining their practice, knowledge and execution of Yoga for self and their student. Various nuances of the traditional practice that is often missed in most other classes, are shared in Masterji’s classes to help student be more knowledgeable.
Students can choose to learn any of the following modules from Masterji based on their interest or requirement:
|Asanas||Morning (Monday – Saturday)|
|Pranayama||Forenoon (Monday – Friday)|
|Teacher Training||Afternoon (Monday – Friday)|
|Mantra and Japa|
|Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle|
* The exact time of the classes will be provided to you during registration.
In Hatha Yoga classes, students have an individualistic, easy approach, non-vinyasa method of Yoga practice. In this comprehensive style, Masterji instructs students according to their individual nature and stage of practice; their learning being constructed and modified according to their capacity and aspirations. The classes begin with simple asanas that are easily achievable, to create a sense of confidence and joy. Gradually as the student progress more asanas will be taught, from the basics to the more advanced and challenging asanas. Pranayama is taught in conjunction in order to assist the student to acquire a systematic breathing technique with which to practice asanas and to increase lung capacity.
In Ashtanga Yoga classes, students can improve and refine their practice in a manner consistent with the higher aims of this system. Masterji will help students who are experiencing difficulties with their practice and who may require additional, specific opening movements and alterations. Students who are looking to experience Ashtanga Yoga and practice for personal refinements with higher ideals are also welcome in these classes. The main aim of Masterji’s classes is to help students improve their practice in an environment which is free of rigid ideas and misconceptions that occur in some of the contemporary Ashtanga approaches.
In Vishwanatha Paddhathi classes, students who require a more relaxed approach to Yoga either due to their age or physical disability. They can learn a specific asana, pranayama, chanting, relaxation and meditation or engage in a discourse on yoga philosophy and discussion in general matters based on spiritual outlook. Masterji has specially designed this style of Yoga from his experience of teaching many students who are less agile due to their age or due to some physical challenges or illness. Based on the high responsiveness to this style of Yoga classes, Masterji has designed a teacher’s training program module to propagate this simplistic yoga practice.