The Ashtanga School

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 four authorized Mysore teachers.


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.

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.

Mysore is practiced Monday through Friday in Brookline between 6–9am. In Brookline there is a led practice at 7:20am on Sunday.

Mysore is practiced in Cambridge Monday through Friday 7:15–9am in Cambridge.

Interested in beginning a Mysore practice? 

  1. Observe a Mysore class: come to the Brookline studio between 6:30–8:00am 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 to become familiar with the Mysore practice, the primary series of postures, and the Ashtanga counting system.

  2. Discuss start day and time with the teacher and arrive that day and time, 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 on 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. 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 


Brookline Mysore Unlimited Pass

Unlimited Mysore includes led practice on Sunday morning at 7:20am.
This pass auto-renews each month.


Cambridge Mysore Drop-In Classes

Mysore is Monday–Friday mornings.


Meet the Ashtanga Faculty


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