Mysore-style yoga means that:
- Each student practices at the pace that works for him or her.
- The practice room is silent except for the words exchanged between teacher and student.
- The teacher is educated in the theory behind the practice.
- The teacher watches each student closely, provides guidance, and gives adjustments to each student.
- A community is created based on the shared values of health and commitment, and the shared experiences of struggle and progress.
- Where patients commit to a “self-practice” of health and prevention.
- Where doctors help teach, guide, and “adjust” each patient.
- Where the community supports, encourages, and strengthens each individual’s self-practice.
- Where physicians work together with patients to create health, rather than react to disease.
I think Dean Ornish's lifestyle program (where patients commit to a low-fat vegetarian diet, exercise, and stress reduction) is one successful example.