Mysore- Style Ashtanga
Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally learned and practiced in what is known as the Mysore Style, named after the city in southern India from whence it comes. Rather than leading the class verbally together as one group, in the Mysore classroom the teacher provides personalized attention, guidance, and support. Sometimes that means simply holding the space for students to delve deeply into the internal aspects of the practice via the breath, the drishti, the asana, and the vinyasa. Practitioners of the Ashtanga method memorize the sequence of postures and move at their own pace. In the quiet, focused Mysore shala we experience the practice as a kind of moving meditation. Mysore class is appropriate for all levels of student, from complete beginner to advanced. The practice is tailored to the individual, and learned slowly, over time. As students become proficient at and integrate each posture, they proceed further through the series. While Ashtanga can be quite vigorous and challenging, this type of class ensures that students practice safely at the appropriate level, and can make modifications when necessary. The practice can be approached therapeutically, athletically, meditatively, or all of the above, on any given day.
6:30-9:30AM with doors open at 6AM Monday through Thursday and Sunday 9-11AM, Mysore Style with the exception of Moon Days. Students may arrive at any time, but must finish by 9:30AM and 11AM on Sundays. We'll chant the opening mantra at the start of class.
7AM Fridays- Led Primary
$20 drop in
$135 monthly for 6 days per week
$100 monthly for 3 days per week
Beginning Ashtanga Vinyasa
Practitioners new to Mysore or new to yoga in general are entirely welcome in the Mysore class; do not be intimidated if this structure is new to you! Because of the nature of the class and of the method, we do require a one-month minimum commitment from new students. Please email Leilah at email@example.com directly if interested in joining!
Intro to Ashtanga
Intro to Ashtanga is held every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 2-3PM and is designed for beginners to Ashtanga and the Mysore method. This class is will help prepare you to feel confident in the Mysore class and begin your practice. All levels welcomed! $13
Friday Led Primary
Led Primary is every Friday from 7-9AM with Leilah instructing through Primary Series. This class is included in the Mysore program package. This class is suitable for those familar to the Primary Series. Prior to first attendance, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashtanga Yoga traditionally is not practiced on Saturdays or Moon Days. Below are the dates of new or full moons- take rest.
Friday 10th – new
Saturday 25th- full
Sunday 9th – new
Monday 24th – full
Monday 8th – new
Wednesday 24th – full
Wednesday 7th – new
Thursday 22nd – full
Thursday 6th – new
Saturday 22nd – full
Leilah Devi has been a devoted practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois for 14 years, and has been teaching around the world for over a decade. Introduced to the lineage in Colorado by senior certified teacher Annie Pace, Leilah soon traveled to Mysore, India to practice with Pattabhi and Sharat Jois. Over the years Leilah has maintained a disciplined daily practice, returning to India multiple times for extensive study with several of the foremost Ashtanga teachers in the world. Leilah has completed five 6-month seasons serving as a plant-based chef at Purple Valley Yoga Centre in Goa, India, where she had the opportunity to practice with master teachers including Dena Kingsberg, Chuck Miller, Sharmila Desai, Laruga Glaser, John Scott, Mark Robberds, David Robson, David Swenson, Maty Ezraty, Kino MacGregor, and more. Leilah also continues to return to Mysore to practice with Guru Sharat Jois. She completed Ashtanga's challenging 3rd series (Advanced A) under the tutelage of David Garrigues in 2013, and has recently made her first forays into the 4th series (Advanced B). Training as a teacher, Leilah completed Tim Miller's Primary Series Intensive in 2007, a month-long “informal teacher training” while assisting Petri Raisanen in 2010 (and again in 2016), Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor's 200-hour Teachers' Intensive in 2016, and a month-long Teachers' Retreat with Joey Miles in June 2018 (200-hours). Leilah has also explored India as a seeker and pilgrim. She has journeyed to Dharamsala for in-depth study of Vajrayana and Tantric Buddhism with Chamtrul Rinpoche, and has visited Shakti Piths and other sacred sites in India in the spirit of devotion, spiritual endeavor, and awe. Phew! After all that, Leilah is very happy to return to the Pacific Northwest and put down roots in her home in Portland. Leilah's approach in the Mysore room is firmly grounded in traditional Ashtanga, yet tempered with an open mind. Her goal is to hold a space that is meditative, serene, and even lighthearted and fun, while still honoring and cultivating the purifying fire and vigorous nature of the practice. Her intention as a teacher is to be attentive, inspiring, compassionate, clear, and supportive. In addition to yoga practice, Leilah is a StrongFirst-certified kettlebell instructor (SFG I), and a personal trainer with over a thousand hours coaching experience. She is fascinated by where yoga and strength intersect. With an emphasis on form and technique, Leilah continues to delve into strength and conditioning, with a personal practice that includes kettlebells, barbells, and bodyweight calisthenics. She is currently enrolled in the Certified Personal Trainer program with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Trini Foundation partnership
Through the Trini scholarship program, tuition assistance is offered to individuals in recovery from addiction, and other economically disadvantaged individuals. These scholarships give everyone access to the Ashtanga yoga practice and the opportunity to practice Mysore Style Ashtanga at Burning Spirits Yoga.