Ashtanga yoga was introduced to the western world over 40 years ago by master teacher K. Pattabhi Jois. It is composed of a set-sequence of poses, and it is designed to purify the body through physical poses (asana), the nerves through breath, and the mind through Drishti (visual point of focus). Kate O’Donnell directs the Ashtanga School at Down Under School of Yoga. Authorized as a Level 2 Ashtanga Teacher by the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore India, Kate continues her devoted study of the Ashtanga method with annual extended trips to Mysore. Down Under offers Ashtanga classes for all levels within drop-in classes and the traditional Mysore practice. Down Under is honored to share that we are the only studio in the northeastern United States with three authorized Mysore teachers.

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Named for the city in south India where Pattabhi Jois lived and studied, a vigorous traditional sequence of poses performed with powerful breathing and a point of focused attention.

Ashtanga: A guided class, closely following the primary series of poses from the Ashtanga method. In the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, each breath is counted in sanskrit. Drop-in led classes are perfect for those new to ashtanga as well as seasoned Ashtangis to help memorize and experience the primary series of postures. Some prior yoga experience is recommended.

Mysore Series: During the week, each student performs the primary series on their own while receiving guidance and one-on-one instruction from the Ashtanga faculty.

BROOKLINE
Mysore is practiced Monday through Friday in Brookline between 6–9am. In Brookline there is a led practice at 7:30am on Sunday.

CAMBRIDGE
Mysore is practiced in Cambridge Monday through Thursday 7:15–8:45am in Cambridge. In Cambridge, the led practice occurs on Friday from 7:15–8:45am.

Interested in beginning a Mysore practice? 

  1. Observe a Mysore class: come to the Brookline studio around 7:30am or the Cambridge studio at 7:15am on a day Mysore is taking place. Quietly enter the studio, introduce yourself to the teacher, and then observe for 30 minutes to become familiar with the Mysore practice, the primary series of postures, and the Ashtanga counting system. 
  2. The next day: arrive at the studio at 7:30am in Brookline or 7:15am in Cambridge, ready to practice. The teacher will individually instruct the beginning of the Primary Series. 
  3. Continue to practice at the studio a minimum of three mornings per week including the led practice that is held Friday mornings in Cambridge and Sundays in Brookline. Each consecutive day of instruction will build on the previous day with a focus on deepening and perfecting the point of focus (drishti) and the breath that is part of each pose (asana). Individual guidance and modifications from the Ashtanga faculty creates an intimate relationship between student and the practice. 
  4. Once your practice is well-established, the teacher will give you permission to practice within our two Mysore slots in Brookline (6–7:30am and/or 7:30–9am) or Cambridge (7:15–8:45am).
  5. Note that Mysore practice does not take place on the days of full or new moons. See Moon Days here

Additional questions about Mysore? Contact registration@downunderyoga.com 

 

Brookline Mysore Unlimited Pass
$165/month

Unlimited Mysore includes led practice on Sunday morning at 7:30am.
This pass auto-renews each month.

 
 
 

Cambridge Mysore Drop-In Classes

Mysore is Monday–Thursday mornings with a led Primary on Fridays at the same time.

 

Meet the Ashtanga Faculty

 
 

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