Mysuru (Mysore), is a Top Destination for Ashtanga Yoga

Mysore’s rich heritage draws two types of crowds to itself: one that wants to marvel at the arches of the Mysore Palace and the other that wants to arch on the instructions of their Ashtanga-yoga guru. Of course, there are other forms also taught here, but being the birthplace of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga or Mysore yoga (as it is popularly known), most practitioners prefer this style over the others. This style was developed by Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, a disciple of Sri T. Krishnamacharya一revered as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century. The city一officially known as Mysuru一has also earned the moniker: Astangana yoga capital of India.
There are over 100 yoga schools in this tiny district which has around 3 million population and includes around 11 lakh population within the city limits. Every year, thousands of yoga enthusiasts from around the world visit the city to learn yoga. The Yoga season starts in the month of March and continues till July.

History Of Yoga In Mysuru

According to the Mysuru palace documents, for over 225 years, the Mysuru palace is patronaging yoga. Sritattvanidhi, a scholarly book by Shri Krishnaraja Wadiyar III has documented the history of yoga which has the illustration of 122 Yoga asanas.

Mysuru palace has a Yoga Sala started in the year 1930 by Shri Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV to teach yoga to the royal family members and the general public. 

Yoga Acharyas Of Mysore

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who started the Yoga Sala in the Mysuru palace is considered as the father of Modern Yoga. He popularized postural yoga. The historians point out that Shri Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV sent T Krishnamacharya to various parts of the country to promote yoga.

T Krishnamacharya developed hatha yoga and started the first Hatha yoga school in the city. His son Desikachar, who was also his student developed the Viniyoga.

 Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar is another famous student of T Krishnamacharya. He developed the Iyengar yoga which is also popular across the globe today.

K Pattabhi Jois, who developed Ashtanga yoga, is yet another famous yoga guru from Mysuru.  This form of yoga is popular among enthusiasts today.

In the last few decades, Mysuru has grown as an important Yoga learning destination in the world. Besides traditional Ashtanga yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Viniyoga, tens of modern yoga training institutions were also founded in Mysore. Another important aspect of yoga in Mysore is that there are many yoga teachers’ training institutes that prepare enthusiasts to take up yoga training as a profession.