Mysore Ashtanga Program

The Mysore Ashtanga Program

Offered every Monday, Wednesday, Friday

6:30-8:30am at Midtown

Instructor: Laura Olson

Regular class card or $16 drop-in

Yoga Sutra 1.14: sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito drdha-bhumih

Practice for a long time, with sincere devotion, and you will find firm ground.


What is Mysore Style?
This self-paced practice method originates from Mysore, India; hence the name, “Mysore style”. This system of yoga is designed for a lifetime of progressive practice. You will develop a relationship with our teachers who will guide your journey one asana (posture) at a time. We’ll never force you into a pose you’re not ready for, and each day you come, we’ll methodically build on the previous practice. Over time, the goal is for you to develop an independent practice that you can even do by yourself at home. Through the internal heat-building action of ‘vinyasa’ your body will be cleansed from the inside out. If you are unfamiliar with the Ashtanga practice as a whole, please click here to learn more.

What to expect:
Students are taught Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in a group environment with the guidance of a teacher. Students will receive 1:1 attention in this group environment. All students must have a basic understanding of the Ashtanga practice and Primary Series before attending this class. There are beginner’s learning Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga during this time as well so all students are receiving attention at the same time. We also offer a monthly Mysore Foundations Course here at The Yoga House.

On your first few days, you may feel a little uncomfortable, intimidated or overwhelmed. This is completely normal. With regular attendance, you’ll soon look forward to the energy and focus of the room. Mysore Style of Practice is taught in a traditional method where the student learns one posture at a time with the guidance of the teacher. In the beginning, you can expect to practice for 20-25 minutes, with sessions increasing up to 60/90 minutes as you progress. It takes about 3-5 Mysore sessions before feeling oriented to the practice style. Please feel free to come and observe the style before stepping right onto the mat. We recommend students practice at least three times a week, and with a maximum of 6 times per week. We also recommend you attend one of our Led Primary Series Ashtanga classes offered on Thursday evening at 5:45pm or on Sunday morning at 8:00am.


We do not offer the Mysore class on moon days, but the Led classes will still be on as scheduled. Click here to read more about moon days and to see the moon schedule for 2018.


 Please arrive prepared:

  • Please sign in at the front desk before entering the studio.
  • Do not wear scented perfume.
  • The Invocation to Practice (the ashtanga yoga chant) will be chanted at 7:00am.
  • Know that you can arrive any time after 6:30am to begin your practice and feel free to do a shortened practice if that suits your needs that day. Please be completed with savasana by 8:30am.
  • Please let the instructor know of any injuries you may have or if you are pregnant.
  • According to tradition, the first three to five days of your ladies holiday are “rest days” but leave that consideration up to what feels right to the practitioner.
  • Observe quietude whilst in the room; this is in service of promoting concentration for yourself and your fellow practitioners.
  • Please do not ask for poses; you will be advanced at a pace the teacher deems suitable given your individual circumstances.
  • Please follow the teacher’s instructions and be respectful of the system.
  • Please settle all payments before class.
  • There are no classes on Full and New Moons; ‘Moon Days’.
  • If you’d like to pay for a drop-in ($16) with a credit card, you must either pre-pay with paypal (below) or have a credit card on file in our database.

Mysore Drop-In



Laura Olson

Mysore Instructor, MWF 6:30-8:30am

As a former dancer, Laura has always been kinesthetic, but yoga is what made her finally feel at home. A devoted Ashtangi and reverently rebellious yoga teacher, she has studied extensively in the United States as well as in Mysore, India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. Laura teaches both traditional Ashtanga as well as Ashtanga-influenced vinyasa in workshops, classes, and private lessons in the New York City and Woodstock areas. She also offers cooking classes and health coaching and most delights in making healthy indulgences for everyone. She offers deep gratitude to all the friends, mentors and teachers who have guided her and kept her company along the path.


Jacquelyn Nash

Led Primary Series Instructor, Th 5:45-7:15pm, Sun 8:00-9:30am
Jacquelyn was first introduced to the Ashtanga Yoga system in her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Michael Stein at Ashtanga Yoga in New Paltz, NY. Through the teachings of Michael and the discipline of self-study, Jacquelyn began a dedicated Ashtanga home practice, finding value in the authenticity and integrity of the practice. Through the years, Jacquelyn has been fortunate to practice the Ashtanga Yoga system with various renowned teachers including lineage holder Sharath Jois. In 2017, Jacquelyn was blessed with the opportunity to study with David Swenson and Shelley Washington and completed their Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training. Inspired by the light-heartedness but also sincerity of David and Shelley’s teachings, Jacquelyn has a nurturing and compassionate approach to the Ashtanga system that brings a sense accessibility to those practicing with her. She is humbled to be able to share this sacred practice.


Jessica Spivey

Mysore Foundations, 2nd MWF of each month 7:00-8:00am

Jessica Spivey has lived in the Hudson Valley for 2 years. An avid yoga practitioner for years, she was hooked early on by the mind and body benefits and enrolled at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis to complete her her 230-hour teacher training. Through her training, she learned more about the different lineages, studied the yogic texts, and learned sequencing techniques. She has taught both Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga classes in Minneapolis and the Hudson Valley. She has a regular Ashtanga practice and is excited to be a member of the Ashtanga community at The Yoga House!


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Moon Days

In the Ashtanga lineage, practitioners honor the cycles of the moon, and so on days of a New Moon or a Full Moon, practitioners “take rest” as those days signify days where energy is either too low (new moon) or too high (full moon) for practice.

 Moon Days 2018


August 11 New
August 26 Full
September 9 New
September 24 Full
October 8 New
October 24 Full
November 7 New
November 23 Full
December 8 New
December 22 Full


Mysore Foundations Course

MWF 7:00-8:00am

Offered Second Full Week of every month (see exact dates below)
Instructor: Jessica Spivey

$30 for the 3-session courseLearn the foundations of the Ashtanga yoga practice alongside those in the regular Mysore class on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. This 3-session course is for both the beginning yoga student and the student proficient in yoga who has not practiced Mysore style before. Practitioners will start with the basics, including:

Breath – Ujjayi breathing, or also called ‘Breathing with sound’ or ‘Free Breathing’
Bandha – Internal locks
Drishti – Gazing points
Vinyasa – Movement breath system

Within this course, students will start by learning Surya Namaskar A and B and progress in the Ashtanga yoga standing sequence learning one posture at a time before learning the next one. Students will learn the sequence with the guidance of the teacher, so though it is a ‘class’ it is more like receiving 1:1 instruction in a group environment.

Completion of this course will give students the confidence and awareness required to attend the Morning Mysore Program regularly.

To get a sense of the entire practice, it is also a good idea to attend one of our Led Ashtanga classes on Thursday evening (5:45pm) or Sunday morning (8:00am), if you choose.

Some things to remember before you begin:

  • Be sure to come five to ten minutes early prepared to practice.
  • It’s best to practice on an empty stomach, so we suggest eating breakfast after your practice.
  • Please refrain from wearing scented perfumes or cologne.
  • Notify the teacher if you have any injuries or if you are pregnant.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one or use one of the studios complimentary mats.

You will be practicing in the studio with those in the regular Mysore class and you are welcome to come early and watch students practice. By attending a Beginner’s Course yoga students will understand more about self practice and how to establish a regular Ashtanga yoga practice within the group Mysore class environment.

3-Session Course

2018-2019 Course Dates:

Sept 10, 12, 14
Oct 15, 17, 19
Nov 12, 14, 16
Dec 10, 12, 14
Jan 14, 16, 18
Feb 11, 13, 15
Mar 11, 13, 15
Apr 8, 10, 12
May 13, 15, 17