Mysore program (English)

Mysore program                → Czech

Iyengar yoga, classes for the development of personal practice
Instruction in English and in Czech
Monday to Friday 06.30–08.30 a. m.
Sunday 08.00–10.00 a. m.
All year round without breaks
Masarykovo nádraží, Praha 1
 
Lead by Tomáš Szépe
and Dominika Charvátová
 
1990 Kč thirty-day tuition on signup, then 1490–2990 Kč depending on the frequency of attendance (see below)
 
→ Sign up (2 spots free)
 

Introduction

Mysore program constitutes the main platform of our school. It provides the best way to study Iyengar yoga.
 
Its classes are intent on the development of personal practice and the culturing of self-discipline. They take advantage of an intensive form of schooling, in which knowledge is transferred from the teacher to the student via direct, long-term contact.
 
Anyone can start attending. No prior experience, no prior knowledge and no special skills are required.
 
Classes of the mysore program are noted for the use of individual instruction. As students practice each on their own – according to experience gradually obtained through regular practice –, the teacher attends to everyone separately, i. e. they repeatedly cycle from one student to another.
 
Complete beginners are welcome, as are any longstanding students of Iyengar yoga (for whom the encounter with the classes of the mysore program can turn out to be a breaking point in the struggle to start a real personal practice), as are the students of other schools of yoga who would like to acquire the Iyengar knowledge in the areas of technique and alignment.

Health requirements

Mysore program is suited for completely healthy individuals as well as for individuals with minor health issues. Any health issues must nevertheless be consulted prior to signup.

Class format

Classes of the mysore program do not require experience level grading. It is quite common to see complete beginners practice together with both slightly advanced and extremely advanced students, because the teacher only works with one student at a time. This translates not just into teaching efficiency, but also into a fantastic group dynamic. While the students practice on their own, the teacher flows among them casually, helping with problems, correcting mistakes, adjusting poses and answering questions depending on how various circumstances arise.
 
The teaching is facilitated through the use of the following principles –

1. The poses are added gradually
 
In order for a practice to take solid roots, the poses increase slowly in both number and detail, reflecting the individual needs of a particular student. At the very first, a beginner learns to move in sync with the breath. Over the course of several classes, they start to internalize the sun salutation sequences (with which every practice starts) and the basic finishing poses (with which every practice ends). Study of the salient poses ensues only after these absolute fundamentals have been sufficiently mastered. Unrushed, gradual lengthening of a student's personal practice helps them build stamina, strength and flexibility as well as the knowledge of the asana system.

2. The teacher continuously helps all
 
Whenever a student needs help with a demanding pose, forgets which pose follows or is unsure of its proper rendition, they simply wait for the teacher to approach. By tradition they remain seated or set up their pose in sort of a partial manner. The teacher notices this and comes as soon as possible. Many poses are difficult even for very advanced students, because everyone is always learning something new. Sometimes when working on a pose a student can't yet do it on their own, but with the aid of the teacher they are fine.

3. Every day is different
 
Every student who has already acquired some experience decides for themselves how strenuous their practice will be on any given day. Maybe they'll skip inversions, maybe they'll shorten the hold in a pose they perceive to be particularly exhausting, or conversely they'll repeat it several times more, because they just happen to feel great. Sometimes they'll completely drop their regular routine and practice one of the restorative sequences instead. As long as such modifications are based in real self-awareness, they are desirable and beneficial.

4. The rhythm never lingers
 
Every student understands and respects that they are not the only one in the class, that other students who need guidance and help are present, too. The teacher will gladly spend time with anyone to adjust or advise, however there comes a moment when they must depart and attend to somebody else who might already be waiting. Should a student have multiple questions to ask or should they feel the need to pose a more complex query, they must hold on until after the class is over so as not to disrupt its pace or the rhythm of the practice of the other students.

5. Constant focus is a conscious goal
 
Since asana practice is largely dependent on composure, each student in the class is purposely and unwaveringly trying to avoid any distractions. They don't want to intermittently fix their hair, realign their mat, browse books, spend inordinate amounts of time setting up props, chat with a friend or observe others practicing, the reason being mostly that all these activities place focus on the outer world, while the subject of the practice should be focus on the inner world.

6. Cleanliness is mandatory
 
The teacher is striving to provide an environment that is pleasant for the students to practice in. Clean air and a well-ventilated room constitute essential prerequisites. The students on the other hand are obliged to be coming in with a clean body, ideally take a shower before each class. In order not to disturb others, they should not use aggressive perfumes. As for exercise apparel, natural fabrics ought to be preferred, and each used set of practice wear ought to be washed after every class – a mere airing/drying is never enough. Finally, the students should refrain from bringing their personal belongings into the practice hall. Handbags, backpacks, books, bottles, superfluous clothing and cellphones in particular must all be left in the changing room.

Tuition

Tuition is due for every thirty-day period of attendance started, with the studies being continuous in the sense that every succeeding thirty-day period immediately follows the previous one.
 
Because the purpose of the mysore program is the teaching of Iyengar yoga on a level of total immersion, the students are guided towards the ideal of everyday practice.
 
Everyday practice, however, requires a degree of self-discipline that can be hard to attain at first. With this difficulty in mind, we have taken to further motivating our students through an inverse progression of the tuition amount depending on the frequency of attendance.
 
The tuition for a new student is 1990 Kč for the first thirty-day period, and varies for every subsequent thirty-day period according to how many classes the student has shown up for during the period just past. The greater the attendance, the lower the tuition –
 
   
Previous period –
Next period –

   
attendance
30-day tuition

 
   
> 24 classes
1490 Kč

   
13–24 classes
1990 Kč

   
< 13 classes
2990 Kč

 
   
First signup
1990 Kč

   
Post-break signup
3990 Kč

 
That is, if a student has shown up for more than 24 classes in the thirty-day period just past, their tuition for the upcoming period amounts to 1490 Kč. If they have shown up for 13 to 24 classes, their tuition for the upcoming period amounts to 1990 Kč, and if they have shown up for less than 13 classes, their tuition for the upcoming period amounts to 2990 Kč.
 
The tuition for a student who is returning to the mysore program after they took a break is 3990 Kč for the first thirty-day period, and varies for every subsequent thirty-day period according to the frequency of attendance in the period just past – just like it does for everybody else.
 
Failure to show up for class is always recorded as such, regardless of reason. No excuses or explanations are accepted.
 
Very advanced students with a stable practice who no longer have the opportunity or desire to be regular participants in the mysore program can request permission to attend classes occasionally for a drop-in fee of 400 Kč per visit.

Frequently asked questions

1. Can I start right away?
 
Yes. Whenever spots free up in the group – the blue link "→ Sign up" in the heading of this page becomes enabled –, you can enroll and start attending classes immediately. There's no need to wait for the beginning of a new month or for anything else. The classes of the mysore program run all year round and are not subject to any cycles.

2. Do I have to enroll somehow?
 
Yes. Before coming to your first class, you have to sign up and pay the tuition of 1990 Kč for the first thirty-day period. Follow the blue link "→ Sign up" in the heading of this page.

3. Can I come in and watch a class first?
 
Yes. Silent observations are possible, they just need to be arranged in advance (praxe@iysp.cz).

4. I'm not familiar with any sequence of postures. Is this a problem?
 
No, it's not. Nothing is expected of you when you first come in except a willingness to learn. This is true even if you took one or more of our courses. (The teaching of sequences is not within the scope of our courses, so the graduates cannot be expected to possess a knowledge of any.)

5. I only want to attend one class a week. Is it enough?
 
No, it's not. Attending fewer than three classes a week does not allow for any actual development. The student makes little progress, finds it hard to remember specifics of both the sequences and the poses, and never gets to work their way towards material from the more advanced syllabi.

6. Can I be coming in at 07.00, at 07.30 or even later? Or perhaps at 06.15 or earlier?
 
The gym opens at 06.00 a. m. (at 07.30 a. m. on Sundays). You can be coming in any time between 06.00 and 06.30 (any time between 07.30 and 08.00 on Sundays) and be starting your practice right away. Nobody in the group needs to keep their practice synchronized with anybody else. Jointly, we only perform a short ritual that formally commences the class at 06.30 (at 08.00 on Sundays), for which students need to pause if they have already started practicing.

7. Can I be leaving at 08.15, at 08.00, at 07.45 or even earlier?
 
You can be leaving at whatever time you need. If you're in a hurry, do come in at 06.00 already (at 07.30 on Sundays) so as to have more time. See the answer to the previous question as well.

8. I'm an advanced student of Iyengar yoga currently on visit in Prague. I'm used to practicing on my own and would like to join your mysore group for a few days, or maybe even just for a single day. Is this possible?
 
Yes, certainly. Just drop us a note in advance (praxe@iysp.cz). We'll be glad to meet you. The incidental visit fee amounts to 400 Kč per class.

9. I can't practice regularly, because I have to go to work/prep the kids for school/walk the dog/water the tomatoes/come from Zličín/feed the turtle/unwind the rewinder. What can I do?
 
You can have results or excuses. Not both.
 
Choose.
 
(An old Arnold Schwarzenegger quote.)



Dominika Charvátová & Tomáš Szépe


Mysore program class, 2018


Mysore program class, 2018


Mysore program class, 2017


Mysore program class, 2018


Mysore program class, 2018


Mysore program class, 2017


Mysore program class, 2018


Mysore program class, 2019