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 teach and practice yoga under the lineage of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (referred to as the Father of Modern Yoga). All of our teachers have made numerous trips to India, and are bringing back practices that support individual wellness in breath and body.

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Group Class

Tuesday Evenings & Friday/Sunday Mornings

Based on Krishnamacharya's teachings in Mysore, India, participants learn a set series of dynamic postures that build connection between body, breath and mind. In the tradition of Mysore 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 Yoga program

Monday through Friday

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. 

Yoga Therapy

Thursday Evenings & Saturday Mornings

Based on Krishnamacharya's teachings later in life (in Chennai, India), participants learn to work with their breath through a series of foundational postures, leading to seated breath-work (pranayama) and meditation exercises. 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

Saturday Evening

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

(starting in Jan 4th 2020)

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.