Mysore BC is an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga school in East Vancouver, BC, rooted in the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and K.Pattabhi Jois of Mysuru (Mysore), South India.
We offer daily morning classes, where we teach students a Personalized, Assisted Hatha-Yoga Self-Practice.
Our purpose is to create Balance, Calm and Focus in Every-Body: laying the foundations of a path toward HIgher States of Consciousness.
We are located at Bridge & Enrich Lives Society ("BE"), a warm and welcoming sanctuary on Fraser Street. BE is home to practitioners from various interest groups, all sharing a space with the common objective to enrich lives.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Self-Practice (AKA: “Mysore-Style”)
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice is a method of self-purification, which combines specific postural, breathing and focusing techniques to clarify and balance the body, calm the nervous system and focus the 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, according to their own unique capacities, in a sustainable manner. We call this “Personalized, Assisted Self-Practice”. Among many benefits, this way of sharing creates a calm, quiet and meditative class space in which deep states of concentration may arise; and the teacher can move around freely to attend to each student as 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 Friday, 0545 - 0845h
A Guided/Counted Primary Series Class is held every second and fourth Friday of each calendar month, at 0600h.
Led classes for the remainder of 2019 are: September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, December 13 & 27
Full and New Moon days are observed as rest days (no class scheduled.) A list of Moon Days can be found here. *Note: if the peak timing of a moon day falls after 9.00pm, the rest day will usually be taken the following day. If in doubt, please contact us for clarification!
Doors open 0545. Latest start time is 0800. Class ends at 0845. We vacate the BE facility promptly by 0900.
Students must be finished practice and commencing their rest by 8.45AM.
All New Students/Beginners are kindly requested to call or email Geoff prior to visiting Mysore BC:
Students without prior experience of the method are invited to a free Orientation Session, by appointment.
Attendance of our comprehensive Introductory Course is required before joining weekday-morning classes.
Tuition Fees are due in full before instruction commences.
We gratefully accept Cash, Cheque or E-transfer at this time.
$180 per month/ $20 Single Drop-in/ $90 5-class Pass, (Valid 60 days)
(Student/Seniors Rates: $155 per month / $15 Single Drop-in / $75 5-class pass (Valid 60 days)
Experienced students visiting from out of town please contact Geoff directly for fees.
Commit to attending class at least 3 days per week.
Settle tuition fees 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. Photos and video are prohibited.
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 a free Orientation Session and must attend an Introductory Course before any study commences.
Latest start time is 8.00AM. Students must be finished practice and commencing their rest by 8.45AM.
If you have a fever, stay home and rest! If contagious with a cold, etc.,, stay home and practice what you can.
Women 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 feel. 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 lateral transmission from his peers.