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. An unwritten rule followed by seekers who plan to come here is that a minimum one-month of relentless dedication and stay is needed if you truly want to learn something. Drop-in classes and week-long courses are slowly gaining popularity but for the purists, it still remains a strict no-no. Since many classes start as early as 4:30 am, it would be a good idea to search for locations close to your centre.
Mysore has a pleasant climate most of the months, making it a year-round destination. March ー May is warm with cool nights while June ー September is when the rains grace the city. Most seekers, however, commence their learning from November and some even extend their stay till March when the summer starts. Do make it a point to register much in advance to avoid the last-moment rush; especially if you plan to learn at the prominent centres here.