“Practices make [a place] spiritual. Ifthere are many spiritual people, it becomes a spiritual place.”
Leslie: What is Mysore style?
Sharath: Let me explain a led class: where wecall the asana names, count the vinyasas and every student is practicing theasana at the same time. This is to improve vinyasa and have properunderstanding of the system: where to inhale and exhale, and to follow thevinyasa properly.
Mysore class is where we are notcounting. We are [monitoring and] trying to help the student improve indifferent postures. It’s not Mysore style it’s like a one-on-one style.Students are doing it at their own pace. This is called Mysore style because itstarted in Mysore by Pattabhi Jois.
Leslie: Practicing at the shala in Mysorereminds me of the United Nations of Yoga. Students might not speak the samelanguage but when we do our practice together it creates beautiful energy. Whatdo you think about the growing global Ashtanga world?
Sharath: Yogadoesn’t have any language. When there are 60 students practicing in the shala,there is no common language but there is a common thing, which is yogapractice. They are all doing the same practice, the same asanas, and even theyknow which asana this is, how many vinyasas. They are all doing simultaneouslythe same asana, in the same sequence, and that is the language that brings somuch peace. Your energy, their energy, everything is mixing up and generatingthis huge ball of energy in the shala. So, that is very important, and that isthe only language.
When they are silently doingpractice, it generates a certain energy, which makes the whole environmentpeaceful. Silence is the only method to bring peace. Once your mind is silentthen everything becomes silent and serene. The whole concept, the purpose ofdoing yoga is to bring silence, to bring peace to your mind.
In Mysore there are differentnationalities speaking different languages, but in the practice no language isused but the energy is so high. When the energy is so high, and no one istalking, you only see equality in each and every student. It’s not that you areAmerican, Japanese, Korean, or Australian. When this equality happens,everything is one. Yoga is also one. SAMATVAM YOGAM UCYATE (Bhagavad Gita2:48). Where there are no emotions, no happiness, no sadness, no caste, nocreed, no nationality, no discriminations, that’s also called yoga. So,becoming one is called yoga.
在迈索尔，不同的国家人说不同的语言,但是练习中不需要用语言，能量却是如此之高。没有人说话, 能量是如此之高,你看到每个学生是平等的。这并不是说你是美国人、日本人、韩国人、或澳大利亚人。这种平等一旦发生,一切都是合一。瑜伽也是合一。SAMATVAM YOGAM UCYATE(薄伽梵歌2：48)指出：没有情绪,没有快乐,没有悲伤,没有阶级,没有信仰,没有国籍,没有歧视,称做瑜伽。所以,合一即是瑜伽。
“Silence is the only method tobring peace. Once your mind is silent then everything becomes silent andserene. The whole concept, the purpose of doing yoga is to bring silence, tobring peace to your mind.”