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.

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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: Named for the city in south India where Pattabhi Jois lived and studied, Mysore is practiced Monday through Friday between 5:45-9:00AM (teacher present from 6:00-9:00AM). It includes a led practice at 7:30AM on Sunday. During the week, each student performs the primary series on their own while receiving guidance and one-on-one instruction from Kate and the Ashtanga Faculty.

Interested in beginning a Mysore practice? 

  1. Begin by attending Ashtanga drop-in classes with Rich and Didi. These classes will introduce you to the primary series of postures and Ashtanga counting system. 
  2. Observe a Mysore class: come to the Brookline studio around 7:30AM on a day Mysore is taking place. Quietly enter the sky studio, introduce yourself to Kate, and then observe for 30 minutes to become familiar with the Mysore practice. 
  3. The next day: arrive at the studio around 7:30AM ready to practice. Kate will individually instruct the beginning of the Primary Series. 
  4. Continue to practice at the studio a minimum of three mornings per week beginning around 7:30AM - including the Sunday 7:30AM led practice. 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 Kate and the Ashtanga Faculty creates an intimate relationship between student and the practice. 
  5. Once your practice is well-established, Kate will give you permission to practice within our two Mysore slots - 6-7:30am and/or 7:30-9am. 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 Wesley at 

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