Ashtanga & Mysore

What is Mysore?

The Mysore style of yoga is an asana practice that is within the Ashtanga Vinyasa Tradition created by K. Pattabi Jois. The practice combines a flowing practice along with pranayama (breathing practices). When you practice these together, you develop strength of both mind and body.

The Mysore method differs from traditional group class method because the class is not "led" as a whole, but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. Students will learn and move through the sequences at their own pace. Once each posture is mastered, a student will continue on in the sequence. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments and verbal instruction to help them master each pose. The specific expression of the postures, and transitions between them, may be adapted to your specific needs.

The length of time a students spends in the Mysore room depends on the level of their practice. A beginning student may have a 20 minute practice while a more advanced student could be practicing upwards of an hour. The Mysore room at BHNY will be open from 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM. Students may come at anytime during this window to get their practice in. It is encouraged that each student practice at last 3 times a week.

Mysore FAQ

What will I learn in Mysore?

New students are taught the Primary Series of Ashtanga from the beginning and will build upon the sequence as they continue practicing.

What if I forget a pose or have a question?

There will always be an instructor in the Mysore room with you to assist with poses, memorization of the sequence or attempting to answer any question. Be empowered to ask questions.

Why are the class blocks so long?

This practice is individual, so students come and go during the allotted times. You show up when it is convenient for you and leave when your personal practice is complete. Arrive anytime the room is open (6:30-8:30 AM M-F)

Getting Started - Quietly enter room, find spot, check in with teacher.

Moon Days - Traditionally practice happens daily except Sundays, Full Moon and New Moon. Why? Moon days are considered a yoga holiday. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.

Food and Water - Drink plenty of water the rest of the day and try not to eat 2 hours before or 30 minutes after the practice.

Personal Hygiene- Please maintain your personal hygiene when coming to class to respect the teacher and your fellow classmates.


Mana Takai - Lead Mysore Teacher

Mana left her creative director/consultant position in the fashion industry that she had been at for almost 2 decades in 2016. She decided to travel to get closer to her true nature. During this time, she began taking yoga classes while traveling in Southeast Asia. After she got back home to Tokyo, she began practicing seriously. She finally decided to move to Chiang Mai, Thailand to change her lifestyle and to go back to her sprit.

Mana has found healing, compassion, and a peaceful mind through the Ashtanga Yoga practice and Mindfulness meditation. She wants to share this amazing transformation she experienced with others.

Since then, Mana has been extensively studying, practicing, teaching, and traveling throughout the world including - Thailand, Laos, Japan and Washington DC, USA. She has been grounded in her daily practice of Ashtanga and Mindfulness meditation.

Yoga and meditation simply brings her joy and peace.