Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore Program at Prana with Elizabeth Sitzler
Ashtanga Yoga is a Hatha Yoga system created and taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji, 1915-2009). Presently, Guruji's grandson, R. Sharath Jois carries on his grandfather's legacy as the director of the KPJAYI in Mysore, India. Ashtanga Yoga emphasizes multiple techniques that ultimately result in a moving meditation. These techniques are breath (pranayama), energy locks (bandhas), and gazing points (drishti). Students of Ashtanga yoga can learn to still the mind through consistent and dedicated daily practice.
Ashtanga Yoga is taught Mysore style; which means each person practices individually but enjoys the company of other students in the room. The teacher offers individualized instruction and adjustments to each student. Ashtanga Yoga emphasizes krama (progression) and vinyasa (breath and movement connection). Each student is taught at his or her own pace with consideration of each individual's health, age, level of life responsibilities, and other relevant factors.
Mysore Program Overview:
The Mysore Program at Prana House is available six days per week. The schedule is outlined below. Students arrive for any duration of time in the allotted window and begin an individual practice. The room is silent, and Elizabeth is present to guide and support the students as they journey through the series, learn new postures and develop their own relationships with Ashtanga Yoga.
Mysore Program Schedule:
Monday - Thursday: Mysore 6:15am - 9am
Friday: Led Primary Series 7am - 8:30am
Saturday: No Class
Sunday: 8:30am - 10:30am
Now accepting new applicants:
Mysore is a delicate and immersive program that involves focused and individualized energy from the teacher. We are only accepting a certain number of new students each month. Pre-register now using the form below and be part of the first group to begin this new Mysore program headed by a phenomenal teacher, Elizabeth Sitzler. The rest of your life will never be the same.
Mysore is a standalone program and has its own pass and class card structure separate from PDY Vinyasa classes:
- Drop In Class: $25
- 10-Class Card: $200 (30-Day Expiration - Firmly kept)
- Unlimited Monthly: $180
- Recurring Unlimited Monthly: $165, Auto Charges Monthly and requires a 6-month commitment
- College Students: $130 Unlimited Monthly or 20% off class cards
- Seniors: $150 Unlimited Monthly or 20% off class cards
- Traveler's Pass: (For those with an active Mysore practice visiting from other places): $80/week.
Elizabeth is a devout student, practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. Her main teachers are Jörgen Christiansson and Sharath Jois.
While she was studying history and political science, applying to law school, and competing as a Division 1 tennis player, her father persuaded her to try yoga for the first time; thinking it might help her manage stress. The dynamism of the practice instantly drew her in and she quickly fell in love with the beauty of linking movement, breath, and mindfulness. Soon enough, she was practicing yoga every day; experiencing positive transformations in mind, body, and spirit.
As she delved deeper in the practice she discovered Sri K Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga, the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia, and her first teacher: David Garrigues. The integrity and structure of the Ashtanga Yoga system was a perfect and natural fit for her. Elizabeth taught at and helped run David's School, AYS Philadelphia, from 2013-2017. Elizabeth is always a student, striving to learn more about her self, the practice, and how she can guide others through their own journey