- Mysore style classes
- Teacher training classes
- Led classes
With different programs in Mysore, IndeaYoga offers intelligent yoga classes for all levels along with a variety of workshops, philosophy, Pranayama, meditation sessions and teacher training. The professional, creative and affable teachers at IndeaYoga are here to offer you a high level of education in a pleasant ambiance without any pressure. Our motto is ‘Nā hathath, nā bhalath’ (no force, no pressure).
We will do our best to help you to find the programme which is most suited to your needs. Below, please find further explanation for the different yoga classes we offer. Our sole aim is to find the best way to help you to enhance the balance between your body, breath and mind.
1. Mysore style classes
The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga, which originated here in the southern Indian city of Mysore. The following characteristics are unique to Mysore Style practice:
- the class is not “led” as a group, rather instruction is on a one-to-one basis, each student has an individualized programme, within the group class setting;
- students practice their own sequence of asanas at their own pace (we encourage students to practice the IndeaYoga sequences which Bharath Shetty has developed); and
- the teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction.
In Mysore style, students learn the fixed order of asanas using a specific movement-breathing technique called ujjayi breath. Each student is given a yoga routine according to one’s ability. Newer and beginner students tend to have fewer asanas, and we encourage them to repeat each asana a number of times in a practice until we believe the student is strong and comfortable in that asana and ready to move to the next.
As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional asanas are given to the student. In general, the next asana in the sequence should be added/taught/learned only after obtaining stability in one’s last asana. The sense of the word “given” in this context comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice (abhyāsa). In the West, people are accustomed to learning a lot of asanas all at once – such as in a typical modern “led” yoga class. Asanas are given, one by one in a sequential order.
Our teachers are trained to keep track of what every student is doing with a quick glance. However, if students attempt something out of sequence, the teacher is less able to help in the appropriate way. If a student has trouble with a particular asana, the teacher can offer a modification that is consistent with the intention of the practice. All our classes conclude with a wind down of the finishing sequence (according to student’s ability and IndeaYoga series practiced).
To read further on the IndeaYoga series practiced read below.
Mysore style classes are conducted at both the Ānanda Yoga India shala (with Bharath Shetty and support teacher) and Yoga Bharata shalas.
2. Teacher training classes
The Ānanda Yoga India shala is mainly dedicated to Yoga Teacher Training led by Yogacharya and IndeaYoga founder, Bharath Shetty, but also holds Mysore Style classes (Mysore style is where students can visit for 2 weeks + to study with Bharath and other IndeaYoga teachers). We are Yoga Alliance affiliated Yoga School with the base of 450+ trained teachers from 60+ different countries.
3. Led classes
Yoga Bharata, our not-for-profit shala, was established in 2012 to provide Yoga to the local community, but also welcomes any visitors who swing by. Classes here are primarily “led” hour-long classes, incorporating selected asanas from the Indea foundation/ vinyasa series. Teachers at Yoga Bharata have all been trained under Yogacharya and IndeaYoga founder, Bharath Shetty.