Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional and timeless method. In relatively recent times the method was recorded by Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his disciple Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). Nowadays his son Manju Jois, his daughter Saraswathi Jois and grandson Sharath Jois carry the lineage of the method.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice is a movement meditation. In Ashtanga there is a special focus on breathing, as each Asana is accompanied by an inhalation and exhalation. We call this Vinyasa, a breathing and movement system that has one breath for each movement.
The goal is that every breath taken becomes a conscious one. The set sequence, the consistent flow, the internal holding of the bandhas, the drishti (focal point), and listening to the sound of our own breath are all techniques designed to withdraw the senses.
Ashtanga yoga consists of six sets of sequences. Primary Series, also called Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga therapy) heals the physical body. Second Series (Nadi Shodhana), cleans the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels. Advance Series (Shtira Bhaga) (A, B, C and D), integrates the strength and grace of the practice.
The following schedule is open to all students of all levels. Single classes and passes are available:
Private classes on request: Ashtanga, Restorative and Prenatal.
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Mysore-style Ashtanga is the traditional method of learning Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sharath Jois of the Sharath Yoga Center SYC. Is a self-practice within a group setting, where each student moves through the sequence of poses individually.
The instructor moves around the room adjusting and correcting, working one-on-one with the practitioners. As postures are learned and memorized; students become steady in their practice. Subsequent postures are taught and integrated into their existing practice. In this way, students are gradually able to build strength, stamina and flexibility.
Initially is not necessary to know the sequence to participate, eventually each student will learn it with the guidance of the teacher. The teacher will assess each student to provide specific recommendations in order to improve the learning process. The main requirement is the commitment to a steady and consistent practice. Mysore are group classes mostly in silence. As students arrive and move through their practice independently, they receive adjustments and instruction as needed.
Led classes, on the other hand, are guided group classes, wherein the teacher leads students through the practice as a group, while counting out the names of the postures and vinyasas in Sanskrit. Practice is recommended six days a week. Only resting Sundays and Moon days.
Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state.
In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.
Prana is the life force, yama means control. Pranayama is the regulation of Prana. Breath is the external manifestation of Prana. By regulating the breath, one can gain mastery over the prana within and without.
The practice of Pranayama is the study and exercise of one’s breath to a point where it is stable and does not agitated the mind.
The sound of Mantra can lift the believer towards the higher self. These sound elements of Sanskrit language are permanent entities and are of everlasting significance. In the recitation of Sanskrit Mantras the sound is very important, for it can bring transformation in you while leading you to power and strength.
Mantras give the wandering mind a focal point. They produce a beat and a flow that is easy for the mind and body’s energy system to grasp a hold of. When the mind wants to wander out of the meditative state, the mantra helps bring it back. The rhythm of the mantra provides an easy channel for energy to flow in and out. If the person meditating knows the meaning of the mantra, it can improve its effectiveness.
Incorporating live instruments to the sessions make Mantras more organic and provides a higher level of connection.
Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. What is the reasoning behind this?
Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.
The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.
During Moon Days all classes will be suspended, please check the Moon calendar to identify these days:
Mysore is known as the Ashtanga yoga capital of India. The style was developed by Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (now known as the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) in Mysore in 1948. He was a disciple of Sri T Krishnamacharya, who’s regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century. Sri K Pattabhi Jois passed away in 2009, his teachings are now carried on by his son Manju Jois, his daughter Saraswati Jois and grandson Sharath Jois, founder of Sharath Yoga Center (SYC).
Marilu is a direct student of Sharath Jois.