What is Mysore?


Named after its birthplace in Mysore, India, this unique style of yoga was first taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois as a way of developing an individual self-practice for his students. Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is comprised of six sequential series that allow each student to progress at their own pace, in a group setting, while under the guidance of a teacher trained and experienced in this method.

Downward Dog’s Mysore program was created in 1997 by Ron Reid and was the first of its kind in Canada. Inspired by the graceful fluidity of the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice, Ron spent years refining his vision of asana as a vehicle for personal growth and transformation. At Downward Dog Yoga Centre, we encourage a healthy respect for the traditional components of the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga system and provide an emphasis on alignment and attention to postures that greatly reduce the risk of injury. Our approach is designed to support longevity through intelligence and positive and purposeful enquiry. It is our aim that you feel supported and encouraged throughout what is potentially a lifelong practice.

New to Mysore?

Mysore style classes have a unique, meditative atmosphere because there is very little talking. Although Mysore may seem like a more advanced practice, its tremendous advantages are accessible to beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Though students practice a set sequence of postures, known as the Primary Series, the method allows each individual to work at their own pace. The Mysore teacher will introduce the student to the series, gradually adding new postures as the student is ready. Each student builds their practice over time as the teacher shares knowledge and hands-on adjustments to enhance the experience of going deeper into the postures. This method allows the teacher to give each student individual attention while the student benefits from the support of practicing within a group.


Cultivating a self-practice allows you to adapt your practice to the needs of the present moment and find the right balance for you on any given day. The teacher and assistants are there to answer your questions about a specific posture, an injury you might have or a pose you may be having difficulty with. All questions are honoured and you will be encouraged to find the approach that best serves your own unique journey.

Getting Started

The best way to understand Mysore style practice is to come try it for yourself! Grab a sheet from the front desk, let your teacher know that you are new and begin your journey with self-practice. Additionally, ask at reception about our ongoing introductory courses to Mysore.