Mysore Yoga Paris classes are held at the Buddhist Centre Shambhala de Paris. We feel very fortunate to be able to practise every morning in such a sacred and beautiful space. Our assistants arrive early to light candles and incense, inviting you into a warm and welcoming room, making the start of your practice as peaceful and clear as possible. We are delighted to share this magic place with you!
(1) Mysore classes
This is Ashtanga Yoga practiced 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.
For Mysore classes, you may begin your practice at any time during the indicated time-slot on the schedule; just make sure to leave enough time at the end for your finishing sequence and relaxation before the class ends.
(2) Introduction to Mysore classes
Our Introduction to Mysore classes are suitable for beginners as well as students who have taken guided Ashtanga classes, or other types of Yoga class before, but who now wish to develop a self-practice. You will start to memorize the first part of the Ashtanga sequence, synchronizing breath and movement, allowing you to take the first steps towards cultivating your own practice. The teacher will guide you where necessary – sometimes verbally and sometimes by giving physical adjustments – and over time will encourage you to become increasingly independent in your practice.
Intro to Mysore classes begin punctually at the indicated time on the schedule.
Once you have booked your classes through Where Is My Mat you can pay the teacher or studio at the location before or after the class in any means that they accept.
Need to know:
- Leave shoes at the door, we practice bare feet.
- Turn off your cell phone.
- Come to practice on an empty stomach (unless you have a condition that prevents this)
- Refrain from drinking water during class if possible.
- If you have a health issue (illness, injury, pregnancy) please let us know before the class.
- Not every pose is appropriate for everyone. If in doubt, always ask.
- When menstruating, we encourage you to practise in a way that is balancing and supporting this phase of your cycle. If practising during these days, a gentle approach is advised. For energetic reasons (not obstructing the natural downward-moving Apanic energy-flow during your period), refraining from straining postures that require bandha as well as inverted postures is recommended. However, we do recognize that every woman is different and trust that you are able to make the best choice for yourself. If you are unsure about how and what to practise during your period please ask us.
In a Mysore class you work closely with the teacher to develop your practice. If you are unsure about the sequence, please wait for your teacher to advice you rather than ‘improvising’ or adding postures by yourself.
- We advice you to bring your own mat, it’s more hygenic.
- Beginners can borrow a mat from us, we also have organic mats for sale.
- If you borrow one of our mats, please wipe it off with the tea-tree solution provided at the Shala after use.
- Please bring a clean towel for your own comfort during practice and for the teacher to use when adjusting you.
- Always try to make room for arriving students, welcoming your fellow yoga practitioner by adjusting your mat accordingly if necessary.
- We share blocks and belts.
- The space along the wall is for everyone to use for back-bends, arm-balances & inversions so we leave this space free.
- The back of the room is for the Introduction class, so regular Mysore students, please fill the room from the front.
- If it’s full, wait for the teacher to show you a place.
- Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are.
- Listen carefully to the internal cues that your body is giving you, practicing mindfully and intelligently rather than forcefully and mechanically. Your body will respond beautifully when you show it kindness, acceptance and love.
- No experience or flexibility is needed to practice Yoga. Yoga is for everyone.
- Mats to rent
Mysore Yoga Paris How to get there:
17 Rue Eugène Varlin, 75010 Paris, France
The closest metro station is Chateau-Landon on line 7.
But not very far away is also Gare de l'est where you can take the metro 4, 5 and 7 and RER D & E and local trains.