Astanga yoga is a practice and philosophy that develops one’s psychological, physical and spiritual strength and health. It is derived from ancient teachings and transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), R. Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Jois at the KPJAYI (Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) in Mysore, India.
The practice of Astanga yoga is characterized by a sequence of flowing postures which are linked together by using a specific breathing technique. The practice develops strength, flexibility and vitality in the body, and calm and clarity in the mind.
The word ‘Astanga’ translates into ‘eight limbs’. According to the philosophy behind it there are eight aspects to yoga. What in the beginning may feel like a mere physical practice is ultimately a gateway for the development of more subtle reflective and meditative qualities.
People come to yoga from all different backgrounds. Whether you are drawn to it by a search for self-transformation, inner peace, physical fitness, healthier lifestyle, mental focus or stress relief, Mysore style Astanga yoga offers a systematic and logical method of practice that grows with you. You might also find that the practice offers a holistic approach that helps you on all of those levels.
Mysore is a city in the south of India where the source of Astanga Yoga, KPJAYI is located. Mysore style is the traditional method of learning and practicing Astanga yoga.
The philosophy behind Mysore style is that we are all different, hence no guided class can fit the needs of everybody. Astanga Yoga views each student as unique and in Mysore class students practice independently at their own pace and level of ability in a group setting. All instructions are given one-on-one, and the teacher is present to give help in the postures and guidance with the practice.
To attend the Mysore class you don’t need any experience, strength or flexibility. Mysore practice will build up all that in a safe and effective way, and chances are your practice will take off very quickly. The goal of the Mysore class is to help you build a personal practice and private instruction within a group setting provides the flexibility you need to improve where you need it most.
Mysore practice develops independence and confidence, nurtures the seed of self-awareness and presence, and allows the deeper aspects of yoga to unfold naturally. You will most likely learn more about your yoga practice in a month of attending a Mysore style class than a year spent attending only led classes. All you need is a motivation to learn.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you're right.” ― Henry Ford
"There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." ― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
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