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, internal body locks and gazing points. 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, ethical 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.
”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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