Ashtanga Yoga

Ancient system of yoga

Introduction

Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of Yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta
The text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900s by his Guru Rama Mohan Bramachari and was then later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during his studies with Krishnamacharya which started in 1927.

The three main components
of Ashtanga Yoga
– According to Pattabhi Jois –

Vinyasa

Breathing and movement system

For every movement, there is one breath, helping improve the blood circulation, thus effectively aid the internal cleansing of the body.

Tristhana

The three places of attention or action: posture, breathing and looking place

These are very important for yoga practice in order to cleanse and purify: the body, nervous system and mind.

Six poisons

Adversities surrounding a spiritual yet corrupted heart

A sustained yoga practice with vigor and perseverance alleviates these poisons through generated heat in the body.

Frequently
Asked Questions

A list of common queries related to mysore & yoga
Why is it called Mysore?

Mysore, named for Mysore, India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived and taught.  It’s self‐paced class allowing students to receive one-on-one instruction while learning the Ashtanga yoga practice.

All levels are welcome from new beginners to advanced practitioners looking to deepen their practice.

How is Mysore‐style different from other led classes?

A Mysore class is self‐paced, students are not limited to the pace and rhythm of a led class.

While led classes are a great way to learn about the breath and vinyasa, Mysore‐style is where you follow your own breath and focus. In a led class, you may just skim over a new or difficult pose, but the Mysore style provides a unique opportunity to work one‐on‐one with the teacher according to your own pace progressing accordingly over time.

Do I need to know the sequence before coming to a Mysore‐style class?
Not at all, in fact it is the best way to learn the Ashtanga Yoga, one-on-one in a group setting. The teacher will guide you through the series pose-by-pose.
I’m not flexible, can I still do Yoga?
ABSOLUTELY! Yoga is for all people, and one of the many benefits of a yoga practice is increased flexibility, mobility and increased health throughout the body.
How much time should I expect for my first class?
In your first class you will be guided through the opening and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. Your first practice may only be 20 to 30 minutes long and will gradually build to an hour and a half.
Why practice with a consistent a KPJAYI qualified teacher?
Ashtanga yoga is founded on the concept of parampara meaning knowledge passed from student to teacher. KPJAYI authorized teachers have committed themselves to the instruction of Ashtanga yoga as originally transmitted by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and make yearly trips to India to continue their studies.
Why do you offer classes so early in the morning?
Early in the morning the sattva guna is most prevalent lending to an ideal time for a meditative practice.  At this hour, the mind is alert, focused, and peaceful.
How Many Days a Week Should You Practice?
It is ideal to practice for at least five to six days per week. For women (traditionally, women rest for 3 days during menstruation). If possible, your practice should be at the same time every day. You will appreciate the routine and respond better to the practice.