Greetings from the source of Ashtanga yoga here at the Shri. K. Pattabhi Jois Institute in Mysore, India!

It’s hard to believe one month has already passed since I arrived. This is my 13th trip to study with my teacher and it’s proving to be the best so far!

I must admit that I was a little nervous arriving as I had been unable to come for a few years due to personal reasons. In the words of Carolynn Myss ‘sometimes we feel like we’re chewing glass and other times we feel like we’re swallowing those shards of glass.’ Well, I swallowed quite a few shards of glass over the past few years!

Prior to this, I made 12 annual trips to study here which totals around five solid years at the institute. I’ve always viewed my time here with my teacher as an integral part of my journey as both a student and a teacher. It’s important for me to take time away from teaching to focus solely on my own practice and studies. It’s also an invaluable investment to help me teach as authentically as possible.

I’ve been practicing on my own for the past four years which has made me appreciate being back even more than ever. I forgot how difficult the 2.30am wake up is though! I’m in the first batch of students so we start practicing before 4am. It may appear crazy to practice so early – on an esoteric level, traditionally one practices facing east before dawn. The reality is that it’s the only manageable way for Sharathji to teach the large numbers of students now coming.

My daily practice is very long and demanding but I trust in the deeply transformative power of this traditional system. It’s very challenging for myself and my peers facing deep emotional and physical obstacles through the daily practice. However, I truly believe that the inner strength we cultivate on the mat transfers to deep inner resilience and strength off the mat. Ultimately, we’re all seeking that inner peace through steadiness in our practice ‘sthira sukham asanam.’

I‚Äôve also made some of the deepest connections and friendships throughout my years studying here. It’s great to reconnect with old friends again from this rich international community. Our social life revolves around catching up over copious amounts of coconuts on a daily basis!

There are some naysayers claiming that the teachings have changed since Guruji passed. Most of these comments are from sources that have either never studied here or haven’t returned for many years. My experience is that the teachings are flowing through Sharathji in their pure form as Guruji intended. Nothing can compare to the incredible energy of practicing at the source in Mysore.

I’m really looking forward to another month here which will enable me to be fully rejuvenated when I start teaching again. Our next weekend retreat will be happening from September 21st-23rd. It promises to be the perfect combination of traditional Ashtanga yoga, guided hikes in magical Glendalough and the Glenmalure Valley and amazing organic vegetarian food (see below..) I’ll be keeping the group small to ensure lots of individual attention so let me know if you would like to book!

Sending love from Mysore,

Gillian


 

 

Weekend Retreat in Mucklagh Lodge, Wicklow from September 21st to 23rd

Escape for a weekend of Ashtanga yoga, guided mountain hikes and amazing organic vegetarian food deep in the Wicklow woods. This weekend retreat will be a deep immersion in traditional Ashtanga yoga consisting of morning Mysore style classes, afternoon hikes in Glendalough and the Glenmalure Valley with our mountain guide, Rory and evening guided meditation classes. The retreat centre is a peaceful haven with shared en-suite accommodation and delicious organic vegetarian food.

Weekend Schedule
Friday
5.30 Р7:00 pm: Arrival and settle in
7 Р8pm: Dinner
8 – 9 pm: Yoga Nidra Relaxation Class

Saturday
8 Р8.30 am: Breathwork Class
8.30 – 10.30 am: Mysore Style Class
11 am – 12pm: Brunch
12- 6:00 pm: Guided hike in Glenadlough with a mountain guide
6.30 – 7.30pm: Dinner
8 – 9:00 pm: Yoga Nidra Relaxation Class

Sunday 
8 Р8.30 am: Breathwork Class
8.30 Р10.30 am: Mysore Style Class
11 am Р12 pm: Brunch
12-2pm: Guided hike in the Glenmalure Valley with a mountain guide

‚ā¨340 Investment (50% deposit required to secure your place.)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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