mysore style ashtanga self-practice

mysore style introductory offer: 3 classes for £20

Do you want to take your Ashtanga practice to the next level and learn Ashtanga in the traditional way? Then take advantage of our special new 'Introduction to Self-Practice' offer:

–  3 classes for £20* for anyone new to Self-Practice

There's no need to book ahead (though you can book ahead online should you wish) – just decide when you want to attend and come along. Remember to tell reception it's your first time at self-practice in order to receive your introductory offer.

*Classes to be taken within one week. Offer applies only to those who have not attended self-practice at triyoga before. 

about mysore-style ashtanga self-practice

This is the traditional form of teaching the Ashtanga yoga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Rather than following the instructions of a teacher, you practise at your own pace whilst the teacher gives individual guidance and adjustments to each student where necessary.

The Ashtanga sequences are learned pose by pose (so you may start with a relatively short practice). When the student is ready, the next pose is added. Typically a class will have students of many different abilities and levels with beginners practising next to accomplished practitioners. Focused, inspiring as well as fun, these classes have a real sense of community. To find out more about Ashtanga yoga, go to

what is ashtanga yoga?

Ashtanga yoga is a powerful practice that creates a calm, healthy mind and body. Ashtanga means Eight Limbs. Through dedicated practice of a precise sequence of flowing poses, the body becomes flexible, strong, light and clean. With time (as body and mind purify, becoming stronger and more open), the other 7 limbs of Ashtanga yoga transpire organically.

why is self-practice so special?

Practising in the early morning hours (combined with the powerful individual focus of all the students), creates a unique atmosphere that is very conducive to yoga and meditation, which in turn sets you up to meet your day with clarity and composure.

who can attend?

Ideally, you will have completed an Ashtanga beginners course or have been to some led Ashtanga classes before attending self-practice – you don't need to have memorised the order of the postures. Self-Practice is also open to complete beginners who think they may be interested in attending regularly. The best way to start is little and often – attending 3 times in your first week will allow you to really get a feel for the practice.

when + where?

Camden Weekdays from 6.00 – 9.15am with Eileen Gauthier  
Chelsea Weekdays from 6.00 – 9.00am with Helena Rosenthal
Soho Weekdays from 6.00 – 10.00am (except on a full or new moon) with Ursula Scott

Start whenever you like between these times allowing sufficient time for your practice.

about the teachers

Eileen's yoga practice comes from both a traditional and an experimental background. On the traditional side, she's been practising Mysore style Ashtanga daily for many years and completed the Advanced A (or 3rd) series with certified teachers John Scott and Hamish Hendry. Eileen founded and ran Sukha Yoga Studio in London from 2002 until 2006, when she left the UK to further her own yoga studies both in Mysore and with inspirational teacher Rolf Naujokat. 

Helena  first stepped onto the Ashtanga mat when she was just 19 years old. Bewitched by the practice, she made her first trip to KPJAYI in Mysore, India, in 2008 and six years later was granted Authorisation Level 2 by her teacher and Ashtanga's lineage holder, Sharath Jois. For the past seven years she has taught in São Paulo at her own shala Ashtanga Pitanga. She has also toured internationally teaching at Portugal, and Purple Valley, Goa. Helena moved from Brazil to London last July and is currently running the Mysore Program at triyoga Chelsea from Monday to Friday.

Ursula is fascinated with Ashtanga yoga and how the breath refines the body in motion as well as the mind. Her sense of movement, breath and alignment has figured strongly in her own practice as with her teaching, where she has been able to integrate a creative sense of flow and breath. Having graduated in contemporary dance from the Laban Centre London in 2001, Ursula's dance background has served her well in her own practice and in her teaching.

Having practiced with Alexander Medin in London, Ursula travelled to Mysore to study under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2008 and continues to do so annually. She was authorised to teach the Ashtanga yoga system by KPJAYI Institute on October 2010 and went onto receive her Level 2 Authorisation in February of 2011. During this time she assisted R.Sharath in his classes at the KPJAYI Institute.