Making the pilgrimage to Mysore marks an important milestone in any Ashtangi’s journey. Mysore, India, is home to the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institue (KPJAYI), the shala of the late Guruji Pattabhi Jois who popularised Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Whether you’ve known about Mysore for years or just heard about it, the day will come when you can no longer put off the pull of your first visit to Mysore.
Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Laughing Yoga, Acro-Yoga, Hip-Hop Yoga, BROga – it seems every day a new type of yoga is popping up. Even one of the oldest traditions of yoga, Ashtanga, has branched out into a number of different methods, as new teachers adapt ancient styles to modern lives. If you’ve been tempted to drop into an Ashtanga Yoga class, here’s our breakdown of what to expect.
Royal Mysore, the city of palaces, is a must see in South India. Aside from its famed palace, silk and temples, Mysore offers travellers a place to slow down their pace. Mysore is the second cleanest city in India and its streets still prioritise pedestrians, a nice change from most Indian cities. The roads are wide and reasonably quiet, with coconut vendors and cows being most of the crowd. Mysore is also the home of Ashtanga yoga, so it draws in thousands of yogis each year. Whether you’ve come to practice, explore or relax, Omology’s guide to Mysore has you covered.