BIG THANKS to everyone who helped crowd-fund our trip budget! Now let's raise $27,000 for Odanadi Seva Trust!!
Please donate at the link > HERE! Thank you!!
Thank you for supporting Mysore BC's motorcycle-powered campaign across Canada in May-June 2018. We are rallying the Ashtanga Yoga community in support of Odanadi Seva Trust (www.odanadi.org) via Yoga Stops Traffick (www.yogastopstraffick.org)
The campaign will be visiting Ashtanga Yoga programs coast to coast, from BC to Newfoundland, challenging participants to practice 108 Surya Namaskar and raise funds and awareness for Odanadi's work in Mysore, India and beyond.
How to participate:
- Follow @Mysore.BC on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with the campaign as we get ready to roll across Canada. Like, comment and share posts to spread the word and rally your personal community for support! Links are at the bottom of this page.
- Register for your local event using the contact links and Facebook Events pages below. Suggested entry fee is $20, donated directly to Odanadi (If you’re nowhere near an event, stay tuned: we will be announcing alternate ways to participate.)
- Download our Pledge Form (HERE!) and canvass your friends and family for sponsorship/donations.
- Try to raise $108 to donate through the Go Fund Me page (linked HERE!)
- Enjoy your 108 Sun Salutations! (Check back for video on how to modify the Challenge to fit your needs.)
- Donate what you raised > HERE!
- Celebrate!!! You just effected enormous positive change in the lives of trafficked women and children in India and beyond.
- Learn how your donations will be used: click here
Thank you to Colleen Keith (colleenkeith.com) for all event collateral design!
Full Campaign Schedule:
Monday 14/5 : Mysore Victoria, BC
Wednesday 16/5 : One Yoga, Vancouver, BC
Friday 18/5 : Harmony Yoga, Duncan, BC
Saturday 19/5 : Harmony Yoga, Duncan, BC (Click HERE for Details)
Wednesday 23/5 : One Yoga, Vancouver, BC (Click HERE for Details)
Thursday 24/5 : North Yoga / Ashtanga Yoga Squamish, BC (Click HERE for Details)
Sunday 27/5 : Breathing Room, Calgary, AB (Click HERE for Details)
Wednesday 30/5 : Ashtanga Muse, Edmonton, AB (Click HERE for Details)
Wednesday 30/5 : Yoga Life, Edmonton, AB (Click HERE for Details)
Tuesday 12/6 : Yoga Shala Caledon, ONT (Click HERE for Details)
Saturday 16/6 : Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, ONT
Sunday 17/6 : Downward Dog, Toronto, ONT
Tuesday 19/6 : Ashtanga Yoga Ottawa, ONT (Click HERE for Details)
Friday 22/6 : Mysore Montreal, QC
Saturday 23/6 : Mysore Montreal, QC
Wednesday 27/6 : Halifax, NS
Saturday 30/6 : St. John's, ND
Mysore BC is an Ashtanga Yoga school in East Vancouver, BC, rooted in the teachings of the KPJAY Institute in Mysore, South India. We offer daily morning classes, teaching students one-to-one, in a friendly, focused and supportive group setting.
We are located at Bridge & Enrich Lives Society ("BE"), a warm and welcoming sanctuary, home to individuals from various interest groups, sharing a space with the common objective of enriching lives.
Ashtanga Yoga as taught at KPJAYI, Mysore
The Ashtanga Yoga practice is a method of self-purification, which combines specific postural, breathing and focusing techniques to bring about cleansing of the body, nervous system and mind.
The method is designed as a daily practice and is taught individually to each student, at a pace which suits their unique situation in life.
In a "Mysore-style" class, students are taught one-to-one, in a friendly, focused and supportive group setting. Each student learns and memorizes the posture sequencing at their own pace, progressing gradually, according to their own unique circumstances, in a sustainable manner. Among many benefits, this way of sharing creates a calm and meditative class environment in which the teacher can move around freely and quietly assist each student when required.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of learning in this way is how, upon committing the practice to memory, the student is empowered to swiftly become independent of class and teacher should they choose to. Independent solo practice is highly recommended for all students; as are extended periods of study with a qualified teacher!
Mysore BC classes are held Monday to Thursday, 0600 - 0900; and Friday 0600 - 0745
Friday is a Guided/Led Primary Series Class from 0600-0745 (ask Geoff for more details)
Full and New Moon days are observed as rest days - no class scheduled.
Doors open 0545. Latest start time is 0800. We vacate the BE facility promptly at 0900.
Students should arrive in time to complete their practice and rest before the class session ends.
All New Students/Beginners are kindly requested to contact Geoff prior to visiting Mysore BC. Students without prior experience of the method are welcome to observe any morning class, Monday to Thursday, before study commences. (New Students often make an appointment to observe the morning class for about half an hour, then take their first lesson then and there.)
Introductory Options & 2-for-1 Offer
We have TWO ways to commence practice with us, each $108 and available as 2-for-1 offers (Bring a Friend!):
1) Sign up for our Introductory Course - offered monthly; each Course combines a two-hour workshop session on a Saturday, plus two weeks of regular classes commencing immediately the following Monday.
*Intro Courses are held Saturdays, 0900-1100: 8th September/ 6th October/ 3rd November/ 1st December
2) Simply contact us to come and observe a morning class, then potentially join in right there and then. First Month's fees are only $108 (Reg. $180) Drop-in first, then upgrade on the spot if you wish.
Fees are due in full before instruction commences. We can only accept Cash, Cheque or E-transfer at this time.
$180 per month/ $20 One-time Drop-in/ $90 5-class Pass, (Valid 60 days)
A 15% Discount Applies For Seniors and F/T Students with Valid ID.
Experienced students visiting from out of town please contact Geoff directly for fees.
Commit to attending class at least 3 days per week.
Settle all fee payments with the teacher before commencing practice.
Arrive to practice with an empty stomach, hydrated, showered, scent-free, with clean clothes, mat and towel.
Please keep phones silenced or off and out of the practice area. There is a clock.
All New Students/Beginners are kindly requested to contact Geoff prior to visiting Mysore BC. Students without prior experience of the method will be invited to observe a practice session or attend an Introductory Course before any study commences.
All students with an established practice are expected to arrive at such a time as allows them to complete practice and rest before the class session ends at 8.45AM.
If you have a fever, stay home and rest! If contagious, stay home and practice what you can.
Ladies are advised to rest from vigorous vinyasa practice for the first three days of their menstrual cycle, but are of course free to do as they choose. Grounding, restorative asana forms can be recommended if preferred. Please ask for more details.
About Geoff Mackenzie
Geoff has been practicing Hatha Yoga techniques since 1998 and following the Ashtanga Yoga method daily since 2004. He is Authorized to teach the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga by his teacher, R. Sharath Jois.
Geoff has been studying annually in Mysore with Sharath and the Jois family since 2006, where he benefits from both the guidance of his teacher and the lateral transmission of his peers.