Mysore self-practice is the traditional way of practising Ashtanga yoga. It offers a personalised approach in a group setting. You will be addressed individually, the teacher will know your practice, and the "class" will be quiet – there's little talking and no music.
The teacher will not lead the students through the sequence with generalised instructions or demonstrations. Instead, experienced students turn up and start their practice while complete novices are taught the sun salutations and then the first few postures of the standing sequence, the foundation of Ashtanga yoga.
Over time, you will learn the postures of a dynamic set sequence based on the traditional method of Ashtanga. If there is a posture that is not accessible to you, the teacher will modify or add postures that will enable you to effectively progress through the sequence.
You can drop into a mysore session at any time as long as you have time to finish you practice within the indicated timeslot on the schedule. For new practitioners, this could be 30 - 45 min, and for the more advanced up to 2 hours.
"Adjustments" are an important part of mysore self-practice. This is where the teacher uses her hands to guide your body into the posture to correct alignment.
It is wonderful if you can come to ‘class’ at least three times a week to start enjoying the benefits of the practice, among which are increased fitness and a calmer mind. It is a great way to start the day – and once it's done, you'll be ready to face anything.
Polina believes that teaching is equivalent to inspiring. She is known for her dynamic style and keen eye to detail. Her approach to teaching is engaging and determined.
Polina Elencheva discovered Ashtanga in 2015. The concept awakened curiosity and search for depth of knowledge. It was the beginning of a long journey of practice and study and not long afterwards teaching. She believes the Mysore style allows the student to internalize the process and explore within. The silence, the breath, the meditative movement, the personalization of each practice is where the beauty of the method lies.
Polina's teachers include David Robson and Jelena Vesic. In 2018 she completed the Primary Intensive and the Assisting School programs at the ashtanga Yoga Center of Toronto. She also studied with Mark Robberds and Deepika Mehta and has benefited from the teachings of Natalia Paisano, Kino McGregor, Ajaj Tokas and Laruga Glaser. In 2019, she spent 6 months studing adjustments as a teacher apprentice in Ashtanga Mysore House under Natalia Paisano.