IndeaYoga is a collective name for the style of yoga and the first shala established in the pretty Mysore suburb of Gokulam by Yogacharya Bharath Shetty.
The IndeaYoga shala is predominantly a teaching space for students of the Teacher Training Courses and for practitioners particular about learning under Bharath Shetty. Teacher Training ranges from the 300+ hour Level 1 course to the 500+ hour courses for Level 2 in two variants - Hatha and Ashtanga. The level 1 Teacher Training Courses are conducted for a period of 1 month ( 10 times a Year) and the level 2 for 1 month ( 2 times a Year).
Mysore Style Classes are where you get to practice Hatha or Ashtanga yoga for around a month. Mysore style is a method of practicing yoga that is not teacher-led in a one-size-fits-all class but rather a group of yogis and yoginis moving through their own practice, with guidance from an experienced teacher. These classes are personalised and each student practices sequences designed exclusively for them.
Although accommodation and food is provided by the shala only for Teacher Training Students. For Mysore Style Students there are many people provied Food And Accommodation in and Around Gokulam, information on local places to stay and eat can be found on the IndeaYoga website.
The Yoga Bharata shala or the second shala is very much community-based. Here, yoga is shared on a pre-booked or drop-in basis and fees for locals are inexpensive. Saturday’s classes are slightly more expensive although all proceeds from these go the INDEA Foundation Charitable Trust. The focus of the Yoga Bharata shala is to enable all members of the community to bring yoga into their lives, so classes are adapted for children, adults, and those with particular health problems.
The yoga style in both shalas is, naturally, IndeaYoga. Dea is the Sanskrit word for light, and Yogacharya Bharath Shetty developed the style with the intention to “activate each practitioner’s inner light.” In IndeaYoga’s own words: health and bliss for all.