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Practice Mysore at Downward Dog Yoga Centre; home to Toronto’s first Mysore program.

Our Mysore program was created in 1997 by Ron Reid and was the first of its kind in Canada. We provide an open practice space where you receive one-on-one attention and support from exceptional teachers.

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 the longevity of your practice through intelligence, positive and purposeful enquiry.

frequently asked questions


What is Mysore?
Mysore style classes have a unique, meditative atmosphere because there is very little talking. Although it 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.

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, under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Downward Dog’s teachers provide an emphasis on alignment and postures in order to reduce the risk of injury and support longevity in your practice.

What are the benefits?
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.

Where do I begin?
The best way to understand Mysore style practice is to come try it for yourself! The Primary Series is a common starting point which will help you learn the sequence and alignment of key poses, at your own pace and with one-on-one attention. Our Mysore teachers work one-on-one with new students to introduce them to the series, slowly and methodically. Ask our receptionist for a printed copy of the series you are working on.

May I practice my own sequence?
 Yes. If it is your first time, please feel free to connect with the teacher in the room and familiarize them with your practice so that they may provide ongoing support for your needs.  Our Mysore/self-practice space is intended to offer a safe and supportive environment conducive for learning and personal reflection.

What if I have or am recovering from an injury?
 Our teachers focus on alignment, structure and offer intelligent modifications for injury prevention and healing. Please inform your teacher of any acute or chronic conditions.

A two-hour class is too long - can I start late/leave early?
 Yes! Mysore/self-practice is an open practice space where you are welcome to start and finish at your own convenience within the time frame of the class. We recommend arriving early on days that the class is held in the small studio.

What if I prefer to do my practice without assistance or adjustments?
 We encourage you to speak with your teacher at the beginning of class to discuss any personal preferences such as assists.