Yoga teachers in Mysore

Atma Vikasa, Yoga Vigyana Mandira (generally known as Venkatesh), Kamaskshi Hospital Road, Kuvempunagar Double road, Mysore 9,   phone 0821, 341978

Venkatesh is a thirty six year old, mostly self-taught teacher whose eyes shine with dedication to his calling. The range of offerings from he and his wife, Hema, can complement your astanga vinyasa practice nicely, and an increasing number of western students are now coming to Mysore specifically to study at the Atma Vikasa. Venkatesh, a very advanced practitioner, has developed his own system of ten asana series, so all levels of practice are catered for. Venkatesh manages to oversee students as they progress at different rates. Class sizes are kept small, so you get a lot of individual attention here. Venkatesh’s teaching style is dignified and thorough. Unlike the other teachers, he rarely adjusts by touching his students, and women are expected to dress modestly - leggings beyond the knee and a long T-shirt.
Note: Unlike the other teachers in Mysore, Venkatesh does not teach ashtanga vinyasa, but his own system, which he calls Atma Vikasa.

Asana classes are held in the mornings, Mondays-Saturdays and cost  $100 a month. Students wax lyrically about Venkatesh's special backbending course ($ 250 a month), and an advanced backbending course is also on offer. The backbending classes are held in the evening. They are very demanding, and if you are doing a backbending class in conjunction with a daily ashtanga vinyasa practice, be prepared to spend much of your day resting up. Other courses on offer include pranayama, kryas, yoga sutras, Sanskrit chanting and yoga philosophy. The full pranayama course takes two months and costs $ 380. The first few days of the course are spent learning to sit properly, then you will be led very slowly through a few basic pranayamas. Unlike Iyengar, Venkatesh doesn’t teach breath retention to beginners, and at the end of the course, you will be given a progression to follow and told to come back after a year of daily practice to learn more about bandhas and kumbacha. For those who want to try everything, a six weeks "unified" course covers most of the content of the asanas, pranayama, krya, bodybuilding (a flowing system of exercise aimed at building up strength) and massage course in six weeks. A number of teacher training courses (asana, backbending or pranayama) are also available. They take 4 to 6 weeks each to complete (with 2 to 3 hours of daily practice plus some theory or teaching practice in the afternoon) and cost $ 750. An 8 weeks universal teacher training programme, including asana, pranayama, philosophy, etc is usually held once a year. If you complete the course to Venkatesh’s satisfaction, you will be awarded certification which allows you  to use the Atma Vikasa name in your own country. Venkatesh’s speciality is yoga therapy, and he offers a 14 weeks yoga therapist training program. Sincere seekers are welcome to contact Venkatesh at for more information on his courses. As the Atma Vikasa centre is increasingly popular, it is recommended to book ahead of time. Another downturn of popularity is that prices of courses are on the increase... Still, you get good individual attention and quality tuition for your money.
If you are doing a teacher training or unified course, it is advisable to stay close to the Atma Vikasa centre to avoid having to travel back and forth a couple of times a day.
Venkatesh and Hema are now travelling regularly to the UK and Ireland to teach their Atma Vikasa system.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois,  #235 8th Cross, 3rd Stage, Gokulam, Mysore 570002, Karnataka,

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Grand Guru Patthabi Jois, or Guruji as his students usually call him, hardly needs an introduction, for he is now one of the world’s most famous yoga teachers. After many years in his old shala in Laksmipuram, eighty eight year old Patthabi Jois, now operates from a new yoga shala, with a large and bright practice space in the well-to-do suburb of Gokalam.
All levels, from the absolute beginner to the most advanced returning practitioner are catered for. Practice begins at 6am with space for about 25-30 students at a time.  As the first group finishes up the next fills the spots. If you like to watch others practicing you may sit there for an hour, otherwise wait time is usually less than 20 minutes.  Teaching here is the traditional “Mysore” style or self practice. Every student learns the sequence of postures at their own pace. If you are new to the practice and do not know the sequence or have difficulty in poses, you will receive attention as is required. Those more familiar with the series will be let practice on. Practice is normally every morning except Saturdays, full and new moon days and Hindu festivals.
The monthly fee is US$350 with an additional $200 registration fee the first month you come, so you pay $550 for the first month and $350 for every month after that. To get the most out of your time there, a three month stay is recommended. You can register from 4:30-5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Bring a passport photo. Though many people just turn up, if you intend to study at the Ashtanga Research Institute, it is polite to send a letter stating when you will be arriving and for how long you intend to study. Note that Patthabi Jois now demands that people studying with him do not to study any yoga related course with any other teacher  for the time they are in Mysore.

Vinay Kumar,  #1498/7B, 5th cross at Ramaiah road, Krishnamurty Puram, Mysore, +91 94804 87550

Vinay started practicing Yoga at the age of seven. He started teaching at the age of sixteen. He started the Prana Vashya Yoga Shala at Krishnamurthy Puram (very close to Lakshmi Puram) in the month of July 2007. The focus of his teaching mainly lies on the breath, as he believes that proper breathing approach towards the practice is one of the best ways to increase the level of perfection in practice. He teaches Prana Vashya Yoga, a system of ten breath and a sixty asana sequence which is completely controlled by the breath and hence the name Prana Vashya. He is well known for teaching students in different levels depending upon their requirements.
He is also well known for his back bending courses and over techniques which he tailors to the abilities and requirement of the students.
Maximum number of students is ten per class which ensures individual attention. Tuition: Rs.8000/- for each course.

Other teachers

Sheshadri Teaches at the Mysore Mandala, 581 Dewans Road, Off Dble tank road, Tel +91-821-5256277,

Bharat Shetty, Yoga India, # 78, 8th cross, Gokulam 1st Stage, Mysore 570002,  Phone: +91 98860 90291, ,

Pranava Yogadhama, (Jayakumar Swamyshree),  Kannada Sahitya Parishad Building, Kannada Sahitya Parishad Road, First Main, First Stage - Vijaynagar, Mysore 570017 Phone 0821 2510405, Mobile: 9448413125 email, Website

Address: #30 14th cross 5th main Gokulum 2nd stg. Mysore, See their website, for more details and photos of their beautiful studio.

Patanjala Yoga Shala (BNS Iyengar), Parakalamuta, Jagan Mohan Palace circle, Mysore 4

See also our article on studying yoga in Mysore, with much practical information about life in Mysore as a yoga student.