Mysore Ashtanga Program

The Mysore Ashtanga Program

Offered every Monday, Wednesday, Friday

6:30-8:30am at Midtown

Instructor: Susan DeRyder

Regular class card or $16 drop-in

The full asthanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom in one’s heart.  ~Sri K. Pattabhi Jois


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 schedule. 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 ($15) with a credit card, you must either pre-pay with paypal (below) or have a credit card on file in our database.
Our Mysore style yoga practice community is linked with a worldwide network of practitioners dedicated to the yoga tradition disseminated through Krishnamacharya; in particular, the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Learn more about this legendary guru and much-loved teacher, the Ashtanga “Guruji,” and the thriving lineage here.

Mysore Drop-In



Susan DeRyder

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

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Susan settled in the Hudson Valley in 2016.  Susan has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin Yoga and Meditation for over a decade, with her original training at The Life Centre in London, UK, in 2007. Back in Edinburgh she helped establish the now thriving Mysore program at Meadowlark Yoga. In 2011, Susan’s teaching schedule began to spread overseas and she found herself working seasonally at a retreat center in Costa Rica. During those years she would return to Edinburgh in the spring to teach and/or assist the Edinburgh Mysore program. This program is still running under the care of Sarah Hatcher who is now the morning Mysore program director there. Susan returns to study with Sarah, her Ashtanga teacher, at least one time per year. Susan is also a trained massage therapist and offers deeply healing yoga & sound meditation with her partner, Shawn DeRyder.


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, 1st 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 7 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 course

This 3-session course is for the beginning yoga student or the student proficient in yoga though has not practiced Mysore style of Ashtanga yoga before. Learn the foundations of the Asthanga yoga practice along side those in the regular Mysore class on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and then get a sense of the entire practice, if you choose, while sitting in at one of our Led Ashtanga classes on Thursday evening (5:45pm) or Sunday morning (8:00am). 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.

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
Mat 13, 15, 17