The Spirit of the Matter with Josh Pryor

Deepen your knowledge of Mysore style yoga and explore the metaphysics of Yoga Taravali.

The Spirit of the Matter (paperback)

An adventurous look at the progressive Mysore style yoga class format and the relationship between Western yoga and the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. Most inclusive form of yoga, Mysore style is perfect for families, people with disability, athletes, beginners, and people of any age.

This book features a blend of modern research on interoception, fascial remodelling, and positive psychology — along with clear and undiluted truths of the unified cosmos and infinite intelligence that exist within YOU, in a uniquely lucid way. Featuring a modern translation of an ancient text that forms the heart of yoga, this book facilitates perfect physical health and the metaphysical truths of spiritual masters who existed long ago in the Himalayas. All of this along with commentary and support so that you can clearly implement it in your daily life, rather than leaving it as night-stand poetry.

"Josh Pryor’s The Spirit of the Matter is a refreshing new contribution to Ashtanga Yoga. It sheds novel light on the Mysore-style format and explains its manifold advantages. The book clears many common misunderstandings that may prevent beginners from trying out this most efficient class format. Pryor’s approach is guided by reason and a spirit of exploration rather than dogma. The Spirit of the Matter also for the first time makes available a useable translation of the Yoga Taravali. Congratulations!" Gregor Maehle (best-selling author of six books on yoga and meditation).

This is a great book for yoga enthusiasts, studio owners, and spiritual seekers who wish to move beyond the standard Westernised flavours of yoga, into the deep awareness and intentions of those who initiated yoga itself.

Available to purchase right here, or alternatively on Book Depository.


Ashtanga Yoga Retreats

Join Josh in the wilderness of Gloucester, NSW, for an immersive yoga retreat. Connect with nature while you learn, refine and deepen your personal practice.

Explore the Yoga Taravali and the Mysore style teaching methods with Josh on this weekend long retreat.


Interoception: Why we should all be working on it

How the perception of bodily sensations and a focused effort to tune into them can improve your life “Freedom in the physical body is more important than material wealth. To feel or be fragile in your bones and joints is to live inside a shaky home. For some, tripping over in the garden would have

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History of Yoga in the City of Mysore

Mysore yoga traditions. The city of Mysuru in the state of Karnataka, is a remarkably progressive area, and has been for at least 200 years. The Wadiyar royal family consistently demonstrated egalitarian values. Much is known about the activities of the family during modern history, and local families and scholars eagerly share the virtues and

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Yogic practices for concentration

Modern mindfulness is often positioned as a tool to relieve symptoms of stress, and while this is a useful side effect, the primary intention of traditional yogic meditation goes much further than this. The purpose is to substantially increase the capacity of a person to flourish as a leader in society. In a similar way, modern yoga

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Contact Information

Josh teaches at:

Ashtanga Yoga Newcastle

Level 2, 372 King St
Newcastle NSW 2300


Phone: 0408945080