Mysore is a city situated in the foothills of Chamundi Hills in Karnataka. It is known for its heritage structures and grand palaces. It also attracts people from far and wide due to the culture of yoga which is deeply ingrained in the people here. Mysore is the home of Ashtanga Yoga style, which is a style based on traditional Patanjali Yoga sutra. It was first given by Shri K.Pattabhi Jois in 1930s and since then it has been learnt by millions of people around the world.
Mysore now has many centers offering various courses in yoga and allied disciplines, such as meditation, Ayurveda, pranayama and others. Many of these centers offer regular classes, teacher training courses (TTCs) which aim to make you a certified trainer of Yoga and even online classes. Classes for beginners and for advanced learners are also provided by the yoga ashrams in Mysore. These classes are held essentially in Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation and mantra chanting. Anatomy and physiology of body and philosophy of yoga is also taught in these schools.
Some of the famous yoga centers of Mysore are listed below…
1/20. Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Shala (KPJAYS)
It was Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (popularly called by acronym of the name, KPJ) who laid the foundation of the Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore and made it famous worldwide. Ashtanga yoga style was given by KPJ in 1930s wherein physical movements and breathing were central to the practice of yoga. The intensity of the workout during the Ashtanga classes, especially the great importance attached to breathing is the hallmark of this style.
The KPJAYI is a premier institute offering a 3-month course of study and there has to be a gap of about six months before again joining the class there. This is not a residential program and the accommodation has to be arranged on own. This can be easily done in the neighbourhood.
Ashtanga means ‘eight limbs’. These are the limbs of yoga-Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. The practice of asanas is central to doing Ashtanga yoga as it sets the tone for others to follow.
At present, the Institute is run by Saraswati Jois, the sister of KPJ and Sharath, the grandson.
|Address||#235, 8th Cross Rd, 3rd Stage, Gokulam, Mysuru, Karnataka 570002|
|Phone||Sharmila : + 919845571930|
2/20. Ashtanga Yoga Mysore
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore is a certified yoga school by Yoga Alliance. It is certified RYS 200 hr for imparting teacher training courses to the students. The center has a team of 10 teachers who are experts in Ashtanga and other yoga styles.
The center offers 200 hr and 300 hr teacher training courses (TTCs) in Ashtanga styles. Another course is of 200 hr Hatha Yoga where traditional yoga style is taught. Besides the Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga, the courses include pranayama, philosophy and meditation and anatomy of body.
The courses also include field trips to temples, ashrams, waterfalls and other places of tourist and religious interest.
|Address||#177, K.C Layout, Opposite Peter’s Farm,|
Near Chamundi Hills road, , Mysore – 570011, Karnataka, India.
3/20. Mysore Mandala Yogashala
Mysore Mandala Yogshala was established in 2001 by Shri N Harish Bheemaiah with the objective of disseminating Indian culturals aspects of Yoga worldwide. The center is registered with Yoga Alliance to provide 200 hr and 300 hr courses in Yoga and Ayurveda.
Among the Yoga courses are Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga TTC and Ayurvedic therapeutic massages. The teacher training courses offers asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantras, chanting, diet and cleansing kriyas.
Online courses of Integrated Hatha Yoga (Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and Mudras) and YTTC is also provided by this yoga school of Mysore.
The classes on Pranayama are held by the legendary Shri BNS Iyengar who is contemporary of Late Shri BKS Iyengar.
|Address||#897/1, Narayan Shastry Road, Lakshmipuram, Mysore – 570004|
4/20. Mysore Three Sisters
Mysore Three Sisters is a yoga school based on Ashtanga style, which is typical of Mysore yoga centers. The center is run by three sisters- Harini, Shashikula and Akka. The sisters have learned Ashtanga from the Jois family with Shashikula herself having learnt from the master, Shri K. Pattabhai Joi.
The center is known for providing yoga classes in Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary, Intermediate and Advanced series. Knowledge about human anatomy is also provided to the students.
Shashikala teaches the Ashtanga yoga whereas Harini is an expert in castor oil massage using her feet. Akka is good at sattvic meals and teaches traditional cooking which holds nutrition and is delicious.
Together, the three sisters deliver wellness in three of their own distinct ways- Yoga, Massage and Cooking.
|Address||364-366 Chaluvamba Agrahara, Krishnaraja Mohalla, Mysore, Karnataka|
5/20. Mysore Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala
Mysore Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala is a yoga center dedicated to teaching Ashtanga yoga style to the people. Shri BKS Iyengar of the Iyengar Yoga style has taught yoga here for many years. At present, it is managed by Kanchen Mala.
The center offers classes which conduct asanas, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, Chanting and Ayurveda. For those who want to be teachers in traditional Ashtanga yoga, it offers a 200 hr teacher training course (TTC). The course includes classes on postures (asanas), pranayama, meditation and chanting, philosophy, anatomy and Ayurveda. This course is of 30 days duration.
The rooms for staying are arranged by the center in the vicinity. Only lunch is provided by the center and is included in the fees.
|Address||#490, Devamba Agrahara, K.R. Mohalla, Mysore – 570024 Karnataka India|
6/20. Samyak Yoga
Samyak Yoga Ashram is a leading yoga school of Mysore. The ashram is one of the best centers offering teacher training courses (TTCs) in different styles of Yoga. The center offers TTCs in Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. It also provides yoga classes online using the web conferencing tools. Daily yoga classes are offered online. Individual, one-to-one sessions in yoga asanas and mantras are also provided by the center.
The center is led by Guru Dr Ramachandra Bhatt Koteman who is the principle of Veda Vijnana Gurukulam and VC of SVYASA Yoga University, Benguluru.
|Address||#76, Cauvery Sannidhi, Shrirangapattana|
7/20. Chaitanya Yoga Shala
Chaitanya Yoga Shala is a Mysore yoga center founded in 2014 and offers classes in traditional yoga and pranayama. The center does not offer teacher training courses but does provide training in yoga. It has two different formats of classes. One format is of Mysore style in which the focus is on individual. The classes are held on one-to-one basis and the individual has the freedom to set the pace of learning. The other style is LED style or group-class in which the sequence of asanas and movements are done together in a group.
The center offers specific yoga programs for specific problems -be it for weight-loss, prenatal, yoga for children, yoga for elderly and therapeutic yoga. These help in improving immunity, strength, functioning of body systems and in overcoming stress and anxiety.
|Address||# 2299, 10th Main, 3rd Cross, VijayaNagar, 2nd Stage, Mysore 570017|
Yogadarshanam is a charitable trust founded by its President Yogacharya Santhosh Kumar. The trust takes care of the Yoga classes and certain social activities. The center offers yoga teacher trainings (TTCs), camps and workshops.
It conducts special yoga courses, which are-
- Beginner and Intermediate Yoga Courses
- Advance Yoga
- Yoga Therapy Trainings
- Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
- Ashtanga Vinyasa
- Shatkriyas and detoxifications
- Iyengar Yoga Trainings
- Kids Yoga Training
- Ayurveda courses
Among the teacher training courses, it offers YD TTC 200 hrs, YD ATTC 300 hrs and 500 hrs, Ashtanga 200 hrs and 300 hrs, 50 hrs Yin Yoga, 100 hrs Yoga TTC and Multi-style YD TTC.
|Address||No.77/A, Shree Yogadarshanam|
4th Main 3rd Stage Gokulam
Mysore – 570002.
|Phone||Office Landline: +91 (821) – 2412143|
Phone/Whats Up: +91 99017 – 60846
9/20. Mysore Hatha Yoga Kendra
Mysore Hatha Yoga Kendra was established by Praveen Somu in 2011. The centes specialized in the traditional Hath style of yoga. It is registered with Yoga Alliance as RYS 200 school. It offers RYT-200 and E-RYT 200 certifications for the learners. The center welcomes learners of all age groups and conducts classes in small batches.
The courses provided by the center are a Foundation Course which is open for all age groups Hatha Yoga course, Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary series and Pranayama and Meditation classes. These invariably includes doing asanas, pranayama, techniques of relaxation, surya namaskar and other yogic activities.
Among the Teacher Training Courses offered by it are the Hatha Yoga TTC and the Ashtanga Yoga TTC, both of Level 1 200 hrs.
Kantharaja Urs Road,
Opposite Friendly Motors,
Laxmipuram, Mysore 570 004,
Karnataka – India
|Phone||Phone : +91 821 – 2331505|
Mobile : +91 9480380435
IndeaYoga has been founded by Yogacharya Bharath Shetty who was the first person to be certified as E-RYT 500, the highest level of certification for instructor with Yoga Alliance. He first learnt from Yogacharya Kumara at the Shantivana Trust in Udupi. After meeting a personal accident which incapacitated his legs, he worked on his recovery using yoga practice. Later, in 2002, he studied under Shri BKS Iyengar at his Pune ashram. His first teaching experience was at the community park where he taught a group of people. Later, he founded Creative Yoga Center in Bengaluru before moving the Mysore and setting up IndeaYoga.
Along with IndeaYoga, he also set up Bharat Yoga (discussed below). IndeaYoga is dedicated to TTCs whereas Bharat Yoga takes up regular classes in yoga.
The IndeaYoga asana and pranayama practice focuses on coordination of body, mind and breath and is founded on principles of Ashtanga of Patanjali and Panchakosha of Upanishads.
The TTCs it offers are Hatha Yoga RYS 200, 300 hrs and 500 hrs and Ashtanga Vinyasa RYS 200 hrs, 300 hrs and 500 hrs. There is eligibility condition for higher level courses, such as being able to perform 80% of primary asanas and minimum practice of a certain number of years.
|Address||# No 130-1C, Bogadi Road, T.K Layout Bogadi,|
Near all India speech and Hearing Mysore.
11/20. Yoga Bharat
Yoga Bharat is a yoga school established by yogi Bharat Shetty in Mysore in 2005. The center provides regular yoga classes to the students. The center seeks to achieve three-fold objectives, such as Arogya, Abhyasa and Ananda.
The regular classes offered are either LED or Mysore style. LED classes are guided by teacher and require performance of certain asanas in a sequence. Breath coordination while performing asanas is also paid attention to. Mysore style of classes are meant for those persons who are having any illness or disorder, such as back-pain, joint pain, etc. These people require special classes and individual attention.
Yoga Bharat is a duly registered school of yoga for imparting daily yoga sessions. It offers Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha yoga certification courses, Yoga for children and Therapeutic Yoga classes to the learners. Asanas (postures) with correct alignment, breathing techniques (Pranayama) and meditation.
|Address||Building No.810, First Floor, Contour Road,Gokulam 3rd Stage, Mysore – 570002 – Karnataka – INDIA|
|Phone||Phone:+91 821 424 2342|
Mobile:+91 944 983 6779
12/20. Sharath Yoga Center
Sharath Yoga Center has been established by Sharath Jois Guruji for the purpose of practice and promotion of Ashtanga Yoga. The center provides regular classes in Ashtanga Yoga. The teachers who conduct these classes are Heidi, Usha Rani and Arathi Menon.
Besides holding regular classes in Ashtanga, the center also teaches Yoga philosophy and Sanskrit language. The center has many branches across the world and the courses are conducted by duly authorized teachers.
It shall be noted that the center does not provide the teacher training courses despite being one of the premier centers for learning Ashtanga Yoga.
|Address||No 163/3 K-35, Kshetraiah Road, Hebbal Industrial Estate, Hebbal, Mysuru Karnataka 571606|
13/20. Nirvana Yog Shhala
Nirvana Yog Shhala is a school for yoga and tantra founded by Shashie Kumar T. Shashie started on to the path of spiritual quest from a young age after the death of his mother when he was just 16. He took Osho meditations at age of 20, resigned from job later on and traveled to many Vedic and tantric ashrams in Himalayas. He spent another year at Osho Ashram in Pune and took sanyas in 2000. He practiced in Ashtanga Yoga with BNS Iyengar, got trained in Akashic records Journey, Tantric pulsation breath work, Past Life Regression, Munay Ki and many other occult practices. He laid foundation of ‘Mystic School’ in 2006 which was later renamed as Nirvana Yog Shala.
The center offers regular classes, teacher trainings (TTCs), therapies and workshops in Yoga and ancient healing practices. Regular classes are offered in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga, Meditation, Pranayam, Back-bending and Hip-opening and Kundalini Yoga. 100 hrs and 200 hrs TTCs are offered in Ashtanga, Hatha, Meditation and Kundalini Yoga. 300 hrs and 500 hrs TTCs are offered in Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga.
Therapies offered by the center are based on Past Life Healing and Ayurveda massage. A number of workshops on different types of healing practices, such as Reiki, Munay Ki, Energy healing, etc. are conducted from time to time.
The center is certified RYS 200, 300 and 500 and YACEP by Yoga Alliance.
|Address||#100, 3rd ‘A’ Main Road,|
Gokulam 2nd Stage (Near the Park),
Mysore KA India
|Phone||+91 9482889462; +91 821 – 4288490|
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14/20. Badri Yoga School
This yoga school in Mysore has got a family-like feel. The center conducts regular classes in Ashtanga Vinyasa flow and Pranayama. It was founded by Badrinarayana Iyengar who himself learnt yoga under the aegis of T. Krishnamachar for 16 years.
He had been teaching Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama from his home before opening the school in 2009. Attention to every individual is the key advantage of his teachings.
|Address||13th Cross, Mathru Mandali Shishu Vikasa Kendra (School), (Near the Park), Gokulam, Mysore|
|Phone||+91 9901 219 615|
15/20. Yoga Gita
Yoga Gita is a yoga school started by Shri Vijay Gopal who has more than 2 decades of experience in yoga teaching. The center aims to provide true yoga teaching to student as it was practiced in its original form by the saints. This is a certified RYS 200 hours school by Yoga Alliance Professionals.
The center provides 200 (4 weeks) hrs and 300 hrs (6 weeks) teacher training courses (TTCs) in yoga. Postures, pranayama, chanting, philosophy of yoga, anatomy and physiology of body and meditation form the core of these courses. Both are residential programs with beds provided on twin-sharing or single basis.
|Address||No 2981/1, 4th Main road (Next road to Swasthik Cars) – Gokulam, 2nd stage, Mysore- 570002|
|Phone||+ 91 9482300820|
16/20. Datta Kriya Yoga
Datta Kriya Yoga has been set up by Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji in 1966 and has been propagating Datta Kriya since then. The center provides teacher training courses in yoga wherein the main focus in on Pranayama and Asanas. The practice of Nadi Shodhana, Pranayama, postures, mudras and meditation is undertaken as a part of the course curriculum. Online daily classes are also provided by the yoga school.
Regular practice of this kriya yoga has many benefits, such as improvement in flexibility of body, strength, control over hypertension and diabetes, purification of blood, detoxification of body and higher levels of concentration. It enhances the coordination between body and mind, brings peace to mind and improves our conscious intention.
|Address||SGS Ashrama, Mysore, India – 570025|
17/20. Prana Vashay Yoga
Prana Vashay Yoga is a yoga center established and run by Shri Vinay Kumar M P in Mysore. Yogacharya Vinay has developed his own unique method of performing yoga which is based on right breathing while doing every movement of body during yoga asana. This unique method is called Prana Vashay Yoga Vinyasa.
The course in named Prana Vashya Primary Series which is open for all, including the beginners to yoga. This is a teacher’s training course (TTC) of 8 weeks duration. Those who want to enroll are expected to have atleaste 1 year practice in asanas. This helps in developing flexibility, attaining right alignment and posture and gaining strength. Awareness about the physical body is also enhanced. Pranayama is another focus area of the center. The class size is limited to 15 students so that all can be attended to.
Please note that the center does not provide accommodation to students.
|Address||#605, “Lalitheya Madilu”,3rd stage, 1st Main, Gokhulam, Mysore, Karnataka.|
|Phone||+91 94804 87550 (Vinay); +918762100230 (Nagaraj)|
18/20. Dr. Ramesh Shetty’s Mysore Ashtanga Yog Shala
Mysore Ashtanga Yog Shala was established in 2012 as a branch of the Sir Panduranga Patanjali Yoga Shikshana Kendra which was founded in 2005 by Dr Ramesh Shetty. The key objective of the formation of Mysore Ashtanga Yogshala was to offer Teacher Training Courses (TTCs) so that the tradition of Ashtanga could be spread through the qualified teachers.
The center provides Ashtanga Vinyasa TTCs of 200 hr, 300 hr and 500 hr duration which are duly certified by Yoga Alliance of USA. These courses help you gain expertise in performance of asanas, pranayama, cleansing of body through yogic kriyas and methods of conducting the classes in yoga. Good understanding of human anatomy and physiology is also imparted to the students so that they know about the benefits of different asanas and other activities on different parts of the body.
|Address||#186/A, 9th Cross Road, 3rd Stage Gokulam, Mysuru – 570002|
|Phone||+91-7795977565 / +91-9901257725|
19/20. Ashtanga Saadhana
Ashtanga Yoga has its home in Mysore. Over last few decades, there have been many yoga schools led by able instructors to promote this yoga style of Shri K.Pattabhi Jois. Vijay Kumar is one yoga expert who set up Ashtanga Saadhna-Vijay Kumar Yogshala in this city for promoting Ashtanga further. Vijay strongly believes that yoga is a way of befriending your mind so that you can lead a peaceful life.
The center does offer the teacher training courses but these courses are in Level 1 and 2 of Asthanga yoga Primary and Secondary series. Level 1 Primary series course is of 4 weeks duration whereas Level 2 Secondary series is of 3 weeks. Key components of these courses are asanas with right alignment, pranayama, sutra and philosophy of yoga.
The center also conducts regular Ashtanga yoga classes which are conducted in Group or in individual sessions. The individual classes are for those who have some problem and want to use yoga as a method of treating the physical or mental illness. Focus is on following correct sequence of asanas. With “The Practice, Breath Sweat and Bliss” as watchwords, the students are expected to practice sincerely with attention on breathing. To have a blissful experience at the end of session, Vijay believes in your sweating out during the practice session.
|Address||#403, Contour road,|
3rd stage Gokulam,
Mysore – 570002
20/20. Atmavikas Centre of Yogic Sciences
Atmavikas Yoga is a brainchild of husband-wife duo of Yogacharya Venkatesh and Acharye Hema. Both of them gracefully declined the Yoga Alliance designation of Senior Yoga Teachers (SYT) and humbly chose to remain without these titles.
The mission of the center is to keep yoga pure. Interestingly, instead of getting the posture right, the focus of this center is to let your body reach excellence on its own. The only thing which the center does is to adjust mind to be able to do so and overcome fear. This approach makes it fundamentally different from the others which focus on getting the postures right.
This yoga school claims to have many firsts to its name in Mysore. It claims to be the First Classical Hatha Yoga School in Mysore, first international school to offer full range of yogic sciences including bandhas, Sanskrit, chanting and sutras, first to introduce TTC and Yoga Therapist Training program and many others.
Some of its trainings are- Back-bending Intensive Fusion Program, Atmavikas Yoga Therapy Training, Teacher’s Masters Education and Atmavikas Traditional Hatha Yoga Immersions for Self-development.
|Address:||18, 80 Ft Road, Vasu Lay Out, Block I, Ramakrishnanagar, Mysuru, Karnataka 570022|
|Phone No:||+91-984-545-0091 or 091-821-234-1978|
Do check out what courses are offered by various centres providing classes on ancient Indian science of Meditation. Most of these Mysore centres nowadays are also opening up to the option of online classes.
Do your due diligence, ask questions, check the references and most importantly check their online presence to see what exactly are they teaching.
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