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About Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga is a Vinyasa practice, a breathing / moving system that follows a theraputic and progessive sequence of asanas (postures). Students learn a systematic technique that steadies, balances, purifies and strengthens the body, mind and nervous system.
Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional system of Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Our Ashtanaga teachers have studied directly under Pattabhi Jois and or his senior and certified teachers. The Ashtanga Yoga system can be taught to all students. We offer classes to suit all levels and backgrounds of students including beginners.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois studied yoga under his guru Sri Krishnamacharya and also attended the Sanskrit College of Mysore, where he became a professor of Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta. He and Sri Krishnamacharya developed the Ashtanga Yoga series based on the purifying practices described in the ancient texts. In 1948, he founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore. In 1958, he wrote his classic book Yoga Mala, which explores Ashtanga and Yoga philosophy. Sri K Pattabhi Jois passed away on Monday, 18th May 2009 at 2:30pm (Indian Standard Time).
Visit www.kpjayi.org for more information about Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanaga Yoga System.
The term “Mysore style” refers to the way the Ashtanga Yoga Method was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the city of Mysore, India. It is a monitored self-practice in a group setting. This dynamic gives each student the ability to work at their own level from beginner to advanced, while enjoying the inspiration of being part of a focused group energy. Each student is encouraged and supported by the teacher as they memorize the sequence and develop a personal rhythm and relationship to the practice. The student is taught progressively according to his or her individual needs. In this special class, you learn to take individual responsibility for your yoga practice and develop a deeply trusting relationship with your teacher. This established sequence is traditionally practiced every day, and it is recommended that you begin with a commitment of not less than three days a week and make a month-by-month commitment. Mysore style is one of the best and safest ways to learn the more advanced asanas or postures, with proper skill and dedication.
Ashtanga yoga is an exact and detailed science that takes several years to learn properly with a degree of mastery. By committing yourself fully to one yoga style, one teaching method and a regular practice, you open the door to deeper levels of your body, mind and spirit. In this space between the teacher and the student, learning happens.
All levels welcome. No prior experience necessary
*Within the tradition of Mysore practice there will be no Mysore class held on the new or full moon. Click here to see a list of moon days.
Guided Full Primary Series
When you’re ready for the full Ashtanga experience, this is the class for you. In a fast-paced, dynamic sequence that opens new dimensions of the mind-body-breathe connection, you will begin to move into a direct experience of the flow of the practice. With careful emphasis on the traditional Vinyasa method, this class presents the full Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. It is taught only by people who are qualified and will keep the integrity and purity of the practice. Prior yoga experience and proficiency or a high level of athletic conditioning recommended. Be prepared to sweat.
Guided Ashtanga Vinyasa (half Primary series)
The poses of Ashtanga yoga are meant to be memorized and practiced consistently to achieve a healthier, stronger, disease-free body and mind. This class is a manageable way in which to learn, practice, and eventually memorize most of the first series of Ashtanga yoga. it will help the practitioner build strength and flexibility, as well as develop an understanding of what yoga is beyond the physical practice. Additionally, this is a GREAT way build a foundation for Mysore practice.
Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga (Beginner Ashtanga)
Suitable for all levels of practitioner, ashtanga yoga is known for it challenge, beauty and grace. This class combines deep breathing with flowing movement from posture to posture along a prescribed series. The practice is designed to make you sweat. Learn the basics of this practice gradually, along with other beginners in a setting that is appropriate for questions and experimentation. This class will prepare you to move into the Mysore ashtanga classes, or our led ashtanga classes.