Mysore Practice FAQs

What is Mysore?

Mysore is a one-on-one style of yoga class practiced in a group setting. Each practitioner has their own unique practice. The sequence is taught individually, pose by pose, breath by breath. Eventually, a practitioner moves from needing to learn the sequence to being able to practice it fluidly.

Why is it called Mysore?

This style of practice is named after the city, Mysore, India. Mysore was the home of Guruji, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and the Institute he created to help practitioners from around the globe learn and practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?

Ashtanga yoga incorporates eight different practices one can use to help lead a content life. One of the ways we do this is through a physical practice, also known as an asana practice. Other ways we do this is through a breathing and meditation practice. Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga uses the Tristhana method which incorporates breathing, moving the body, and focus. These three methods help us find a meditative state during our asana practice. As we grow in our asana practice, we also grow in compassion and connectedness to our self and others, thus inspiring two more practices of the Ashtanga system. The Yamas and Niyamas are the ethical and moral principles one can use to help determine the best things to include and exclude from our lives.

What experience is neccesary?

None. Hollie will teach you the series, pose by pose, if you’re unfamiliar with this way of practicing.

When is practice?

Practice is offered Monday – Friday mornings, 5:45am – 8:30am, opening chant is at 6:05am. Show up anytime between these hours, leaving yourself enough time to complete your practice. If you are new, give yourself about 45 minutes of practice time to begin learning the sequence.

*Practice is not held on New Moon or Full Moon dates. Dates will be posted.

What should I wear to practice?

Yoga clothes are perfect. Men wear longer shorts, yoga shorts or pants.
It is not recommended to wear baggy clothing for this style of practice.


About the Program Facilitator

Hollie has been a dedicated student of the Ashtanga lineage since 2014 and through her practice, learns the importance of balancing strength with grace when navigating the self, her life and the world around her. Living with the practice has enriched her life by helping her to establish discipline in daily routines; it has also helped her to expand her awareness and deepen her spiritual connection.

“Ashtanga yoga brings me closer to the God above and to the God within. I think my job is to make the grace of an invisible God, visible wherever I am.”

Originally from Fayetteville, GA, Hollie recently moved to Knoxville from Chattanooga, TN where she lived with her two daughters and cat. A student of yoga for the past 13 years, she has had her ups and downs while growing in her practice. She has completed two 200 hour yoga teacher trainings, as well as a 100 hour mentorship program with KPJAYI Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt. Her life is full of the things she loves like good friends, connecting with others, and laughter.