About Ashtanga Yoga

About Ashtanga

"Do your practice all is coming" Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Ashtanga Yoga is the 8 limb path of yoga as described by the great Indian Sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, written 2,300 years ago, and popularised and taught be the late Guru of Ashtanga Yoga Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore India.

The third limb of Ashtanga Yoga (asana) is dynamic and challenging system that consists of a sequence of postures that flow sequentially and at a pace relevant to the individual practitioner. The postures (asanas) must be taken in the correct sequential order, as each posture provides the mental and physical preparation for the next. The asanas are threaded together by the flowing movement of the breath into a powerful moving meditation.

With a committed, constant and dedicated practice, the body detoxifies, becomes lighter, energised and the internal organs purify due to the intense internal heat produced. In this body awareness technique the mind becomes quiet and calm, your consciousness has the opportunity for liberation, growth, self-healing, and ultimate health.

We highly reccomend at least 3 practice days per week to experience the true benefits of the practice, new students to the Ashtanga Mysore method must commit to two classes per week for one month. 

So… What is Mysore?

The Ashtanga Mysore Style class is the traditional teaching method named after the city of Mysore in India where Sri K, Pattabhi Jois taught for over 70 years (and continues to be taught by his grandson Sharath Ragaswamy).

A Mysore style class is unlike other ‘hatha’ or ‘led’ style classes, the teacher does not stand at the front of the class giving instruction and demonstrating. Instead, the teacher circulates within the room assisting the students on an one-on-one level, assisting them to learn and practice the Ashtanga Yoga sequence to a level appropriate to the individual student. Students memorise and practice a sequence of postures under the guidance of the teacher. In time, students develop more independence in their practice as they progress through the asanas of the particular series they are working on.

Basically it is a self practice, which is done in a group setting under the guidance of the teacher(s) who adjusts and assists in the asanas and generally helping the students to do, and understand, the practice in a way that is most beneficial to each student’s body and circumstances. The morning classes run over 2 hours and you can arrive at any time within that period to start your practice. However, if you have a longer practice, please arrive earlier. 

Unlike in many other styles of yoga and in led classes, the student need not feel that they have to "keep pace", but rather develop a practice unique to them and the condition in which they come to the mat. A common misconception about the Mysore practice is that you need to know the Primary Series to attend. Mysore is appropriate for beginners as well as students of all levels and is the traditional method of learning yoga, one-on-one from teacher to student.

At Sri K Pattabhi Jois's (Guruji's) birthday celebrations in Mysore India 2008. 

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