Matt Ryan is back in Manchester and will be teaching his famous Mysore Intensives . The Mysore Intensives will be on the last week of each month starting in June 2017 and will be held at the fabulous One Yoga Studio in Chorlton.
The Mysore week includes both self-practice and ‘talk-through’ led classes. Matt will also be leading an optional 30 minute period of Zazen (Zen meditation) prior to the start of each class . Zen comes from the Chinese word Chan which in turn was an interpretation of the Sanskrit word Dhyana meaning meditation. Dhyana is the 7th limb of the Ashtanga Yoga system.
I found Matt amazing, frankly. So much so that I have been considering looking into how to practice with him over the longer term.
I found Matt’s classes to be special for the following reasons
1) he holds a very special space in the room, which creates a certain kind of environment for practice and development that i found, for me at least, to offer a very productive mixture of independence, challenge and development.
2) As a teacher myself (an academic, so very different) what i found in Matt’s style was an ability to meet the student where they are and to gauge and respond to that in that very productive manner
3) His adjustments were really really good. I felt supported and able to progress in a supported and safe way. All teachers of course have a different adjustment style and everyone responds to that in particular ways, but i really did get a lot out of Matt’s style and know that other students felt the same. There was a lot of changing room buzz and discussion after his first few sessions as there seemed a shared sense of being invigorated by his style.
4) What i also found very interesting and productive about Matt’s style was his willingness to talk through poses and problems, this helped with understanding of the practice and poses in a way i had not experienced in the UK, but have experience practicing in other countries and with teachers who have spent a large number of years in Mysore.
In short, I really enjoyed practicing with Matt and would be excited to do so again.
Mon – Thurs
5-30 am – 6 am Zazen (optional)
6 am* – 8.30 am Mysore self-practice
*Start times are now from 6 am – this means you can turn up to start your practice anytime from 6 am (unless you are attending the Zazen session at 5.30am) but your practice must be finished by 8.30 am.
5.30am – 6.00am Zazen (optional)
6.00am – 8.00am Primary Series ‘Led’ Class
In a led class the teacher calls out the names of the postures in sequence and counts the correct vinyasa in traditional Sanskrit with all students moving together as a group. Learning the correct vinyasa gives the student a deeper understanding of the practice.
If you have any questions or need any information about the practice please feel free to ask in this session.
The price for the full week is £50. £12 per day for one / two days , and £11 per day for 3 / 4 days.
We are very fortunate to be hosting the Mysore Intensives at One Yoga’s beautiful purpose built studio in Chorlton.
About Mysore Style
Mysore Style is the traditional method of teaching and learning the Ashtanga Yoga method. Mysore style is like a private one to one yoga lesson within a class environment and allows for the student to move at their own pace through the Ashtanga Yoga sequence, with the teacher on hand to guide advise and adjust. Over time the student is able to commit the sequence to memory posture by posture developing a deeper more profound connection with the practice.
The beauty of the Mysore room enables students of all levels to move and breathe together in a practice tailored to suit their own individuality and potential. It is the perfect environment for a complete beginner to help build a personal practice, in the appropriate setting.
Start times of the early morning yoga sessions are variable. This means that students attending the class can start at any time from 6 am. Beginners to Mysore-Style usually start off with a 45-60 minute practice. Please adjust your start time to allow for your practice to be finished by 8.30 am when the studio closes.
Ashtanga Yoga is a unique sequential form of yoga which builds steady strength, stability, flexibility and focus. During the practice breath and movement are synchronised to create a moving meditation. Ashtanga Yoga is a complete holistic healing system for mind and body.
The Ashtanga method was created by Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and passed on to his student Guruji Pattabhi Jois in Mysore South India (hence the name Mysore Style) in the early 1900’s. Guruji systemised the practice to make it into what it is today – a most beautiful Yoga discipline. Guruji’s grandson Sharath Jois continues to teach the original method in Mysore at the KPJAYI.