about mysore style
Mysore is the name of the city in South India
where the practice of Ashtanga Yoga originates
from. Now in Ashtanga yoga schools around the
world, “Mysore-style” refers to a class that aims to
stay true to the method of teaching found at the
Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.
Students are taught individually within a group
environment and practise at their own pace with
one-to-one advice and sometimes adjustments
given by the teacher.
Working in this way allows you to focus on your
breath and encourages a meditative
quality to your practice.
Practicing Ashtanga “Mysore-style” is one of
those things that really has to be experienced
first hand to be truly understood – but there
are some general points for what to expect
in a Mysore class :
* The room is silent except for the sound of
* Students of all levels practice together, from
complete beginners to more advanced.
* Right from the beginning, the teacher works with
each student individually. This way students can
progress at a pace that is suitable to their ownlevel
of strength, flexibility, and stamina.
* Students learn and memorise, breath-by-breath,
a set series of postures that are practiced daily.
New postures are added slowly when the student
* The teacher will assist the students through
either verbal instruction or hands-on adjustments
* Students can come at any time during the
scheduled time, depending on how long they
need for their own practice. Initially, practice will
take around 30 minutes and will be steadily
extended over time.
about ashtanga yoga
Yoga is a philosophy of life, which also
has the potential to create a vibrantly
healthy body and mind.
Practised in its correct sequential order,
Ashtanga yoga gradually leads the practitioner
to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all
levels of human consciousness:
physical, psychological and spiritual.
Through the practice of correct breathing
(ujjayi pranayama), postures (asanas),
and gazing point (drishti), we learn to gain
control of our senses and a deep awareness
of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline
with regularity and devotion one acquires
steadiness of body and mind.
The word Ashtanga comes from the philosophical
behind yoga based on an eight faceted
approach to reaching a state of yoga.
It literally means ‘eight limbs’ and these are
described by Patanjali as:
Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances),
Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control),
Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration),
Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi, (contemplation).
All of these branches support each other.
Asana practice must be established for proper
Pranayama and is a key to the
development of the Yamas and Niyamas.
Once these four externally oriented limbs are
firmly rooted, the last four internally oriented
limbs will spontaneously evolve over time.
about Barbara Süss
Barbara Süss is the director and founder
of Mysore Vienna.
She made her first trip to the sub-continent
India in the year 1999, where she instantly
fell in love with the diversity, authenticity
and the friendly people she met.
In the year 2001 her son David was born
and she startet to practice regulary Yoga and
2007, she began her daily Ashtanga Yoga practice
under the guidance of Rolf Naujokat in Goa, India.
2010 she deepend her studies traveling to Mysore,
India annualy to practice at the KPJAYI where Sharath
Jois, the current linage holder of the Ashtanga Yoga
Barbara has made 15 trips to India and will continue
to deepen her studies, to learn and to grow as a
dedicated student as well as a teacher.
She founded Mysore Vienna after receiving the
authorization and blessing to teach.