The Practice

A teacher of ours once said, telling people you practice yoga, is like telling people you take a shower. It’s not something to be boasted about, nor does it make you special. And, like a shower, the physical practice of asana is meant to clean out the system, in preparation for pranayama (breath-work) and later dhyana (meditation).

Here at Setu we practice Ashtanga yoga, a tradition documented in the vedas, and proliferated widely by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (referred to as the Father of Modern Yoga).

In the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, each person is guided through a set-series of postures, stopping at the point where their breath or posture needs more attention. This means that regardless of one’s age or ability, the practice has the ability to meet each practitioner where they are and guide them to further mastery.

morning Mysore program

In  Mysore Style Ashtanga, you can think of the practice as a train. A train always has an engine in the front and a caboose at the rear, but the compartments in between can be added or subtracted depending on how much cargo is present and how much the engine can pull. Like a train, the format of the starting and ending of an Ashtanga practice is always the same, one starts with Surya Namaskar and concludes with Padmasana and rest. The rest of the practice, various other asanas act like cargo, and are added on gradually as the student's practice matures. 

Continuing with the train analogy, because why not, when practicing mysore style traditionally, it is recommended that you commit to a regular schedule. Daily practice, being preferred. That said, we understand that sometimes a train (like the Vermonter) runs less frequently than others. So, committing to few days per week, is also an okay starting point. 

Led Mysore Classes

Because of the difficult nature of remembering and mastering the various postures, on Fridays and select weekend dates group guided classes are offered, in which all the vinyasas are counted out loud and all students follow along together accordingly. It is recommended for all students to take a minimum of one led class per week, if they are in the Mysore program. People wishing to experience the Mysore practice, who cannot commit to the morning program, are also encouraged to join for led classes.

Evening Vinyasa Krama

In the evenings, we offer classes focused specifically on pranayama. These classes involve matching the physical postures to our breath-work practice, with the goal of bringing our awareness inward and quieting the mind. These classes are great for people who are interested in working with the breath in new ways, bringing a new layer of depth to their current yoga practice, as well as folks who don’t currently practice yoga postures, but wish to learn more about the connection between their breath, health, and a calm mind.

Other Offerings

Gong Meditation

Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response style chanting featuring harmonium, talas, and tabla; pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath; and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No previous experience necessary and all ages are welcome! 

Vipasana Sits (Coming Soon)

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is a meditation practice from India which was introduced to the West by S.N. Goenka. The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught through residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.

Our weekly Vipasana Sits are open to students who already know the techniques associated with Vipassana. Please note, no instruction will be given.