Tag Archives: Mysore

NO PAIN, NO GAIN?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   Pain, pain, pain. A favorite topics in many conversations amongst ashtanga yoga students, and not only. Here in Mysore, and not only. And it’s definitely one of the recurrent subjects … Continue reading

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KPJ ASHTANGA YOGA INSTITUTE… 3 YEARS LATER

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – 3 years have gone by, having missed 2 seasons of practice with Sharath in the main shala here in Mysore. Looking at it on a gross level, all seems pretty the … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE BEST TIME FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – “It is important to establish a regular, fixed time for meditation, so that your mind and body becomes accustomed to it. Once you have established a time and place, be consistent. … Continue reading

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WHO IS A TRUE YOGI?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – It is the man who performs his duties without dependence on the fruits of his own actions that deserves to be called a Sannyasin (renouncer) and a Yogi, not the one … Continue reading

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IT’S FULL FOR SHARATH’S CLASS…

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   Its full for Sharath’s class for the month of November 2015! Dear student, We received your online application, but regret to inform that you have not been accepted for your mentioned … Continue reading

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THINGS CHANGE… IN MYSORE AS WELL

Yes, apparently things change everywhere! In a previous post, I reported how ashtanga yoga sequence and the way of teaching it has changed overtime (read here the recount by Nancy Gilgoff about the way she firstly learned ashtanga in 1973) but … Continue reading

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH SHARATH JOIS

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   Hereafter a selection of Questions & Answers between Sharath and Ashtanga Yoga students during last Sunday conference in Mysore this year. Full Qs&As on Priya’s travel blog. March 23, 2014 … Continue reading

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NANCY GILGOFF AND… ASHTANGA YOGA AS IT WAS

Lately I’ve been thinking and writing about learning and teaching Ashtanga yoga in the traditional way (adding one posture at a time, moving on the sequence overtime, as taught in Mysore tradition) versus the more unconventional way as taught at … Continue reading

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YOGA: ADJUSTMENTS NOT OR ADJUSTMENTS YES?

Adjustments not, adjustments yes… a never ending discussion in the Ashtanga Yoga world and beyond! In my years of practice with different teachers I’ve been to both extremes… rarely in the middle way (at least what I consider the middle … Continue reading

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MIRACLES A CASTOR OIL BATH CAN MAKE TO YOU

If you knew that a castor oil bath releases all sorts of tensions in your body, relaxes the muscles and mind, works in disgregating scar tissue, helps in recovering from body pains, cools you down, makes you more flexible and … Continue reading

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‘POINTS OF VIEW’… AND MORE!

The yoga photo exhibition ‘Images of Yoga, Instants of Life’ is now over: thank again to all who made it a success in many different ways! But let’s see now which ones were the most requested pictures. Golden medal to … Continue reading

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2 PASSIONS, 1 LOVE – THANK YOU YOGA JOURNAL!

That’s what happens when 2 passions become 1 love. Yoga + Photography = Yogascapes! Yoga Journal Italy this month features a photo by myself on the cover as well as a full article re: my yogascaping in Mysore, India. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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MEMENTO OF INDIA

Portrait of a young Indian lady selling vegetables at Devaraja open market in Mysore, Karnataka wearing dar-red bindu on the forehead and black earrings.

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IMAGES OF YOGA, INSTANTS OF LIFE

It was the beginning of 2012 and I was freaking out at leaving my company and my role after 13 years… I had no much else I could figure out of doing but I knew I needed time to be … Continue reading

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5 REASONS WHY I’M MISSING PRACTISING IN MYSORE SO MUCH

3 weeks back home and… already missing my practice at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute so much!    Why? 1/ the deep reverence for the practise: a symbol of it to me is the little foyer where you sit … Continue reading

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PASHASANA, INTERMEDIATE SERIES and A WORLD OF EXPECTATIONS

Yes, after 3 years of Ashtanga Yoga practice, 3 times to Mysore to practise at S. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) I finally got ‘pashasana’! first posture of intermediate a.k.a. second series. Yesterday I was dropping back when Sharath, … Continue reading

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HOW A 400 YEARS OLD BANYAN TREE CAN MAKE YOU VERY HAPPY…

I just spent a wonderful afternoon!!! It is just amazing how any new thing I’m doing here in India seems like making the last I did fade in comparison… so many things to see, to realize, to be happy with! … Continue reading

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UTPLUTHIH and THE POWER OF BEING INTENSE

Sunday, August 19th Alarm, 2.30 am 6 hours sleep Primary led class, 4.15 am … and the challenge to sustain Utpluthih for the loooooooooooong 10 counts made by Sharath!   It’s now exactly one month I’ve been practicing at K. … Continue reading

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THE 3D OF ASHTANGA YOGA: DEDICATION, DETERMINATION & DEVOTION

However comes to Mysore to practice Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois gets rather quickly accustomed to the ‘3D of Yoga’ to which Sharath, in the first instance, and Lakshmish (shala sanskrit teacher), as a consequence, … Continue reading

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SOMNATHPUR, the KESAVA TEMPLE and the CALL HOME

Less than 3 weeks on my 3rd trip to Mysore, Saturday – hence day off from asana practise – and the chance to get with a small bunch of other KPJAYI students to Somnathpur to visit the Kesava temple. I … Continue reading

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CLOSE ENCOUNTER with THE INDIAN POLICE…

Closer than I ever wanted to! Would you believe an invite to get a coffee can result in a full hour spent at the local Police Station? Believe me, it can! I had never been to Barista, trendy Italian-style kind … Continue reading

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Vara MahaLakshmi Festival, Mysore

As I started walking back home after the led class today, I realized it must have been a special day…. and it was not even 8 o’clock! I noticed more women than usual outside the beautiful houses here in Gokulam, … Continue reading

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K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute: can it still store surprises?

This is my third time at KPJAYI, the cradle of Ashtanga yoga, in Mysore over the last one and a half year. Not that I thought I had seen everything, but for sure I was not expecting what happened this … Continue reading

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CAN YOU SAY A TOWN (i.e. Dubai) FROM ITS AIRPORT?

It is exactly 2 days since I landed in Dubai international airport on my way to Mysore, India. It was around 6h40pm when approaching the city… the sky at sunset was of a certain cream-like colour that made it difficult … Continue reading

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