Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Sri K. Patthabhi Jois, Guruji
R. Sharath Jois
The first presentations of Yoga in India ancient originated in its contemplative traditions. These traditions held, in one form or another, that self-knowledge was the best and most lasting cure for the suffering and pains that life brings.
— Eddie Stern, Brooklyn Yoga Club, NYC
Ashtanga Yoga sees each practitioner as unique. There exist particular series, that are taught individually within a group-set. Each practitioner learns the serie, that is suitable to his level. You are moved gradually from one position to the following one, until you are able to memorise them and build your own personal practice. The serie is always to be practiced according to the traditional order. Modification and adjustments help to adapt to your conditions and hold you safely.
The system of Ashtanga Yoga focuses on breath, a deep breathing with sound, combines it with energetical locks and aligns it with the movements and postures. Together with a specific gazing point the practice develops to an internal one and helps so to unravel, see the invisible, inner world and learn about oneself compassionately.
Along the physical practice this form of Yoga offers ethical suggestions to manifest a peaceful, caring and content lifestyle, to live a life in truth and without suffering.
Everyone can practice Ashtanga Yoga, who wishes to do so. Each reason and resolutions are valuable. It can be to get fit or to find the call of life, the practice serves insights and guides you there.
Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient form of Yoga. Over thousands of years it is passed down from teacher to students. It is knowledge proven through “direct and practical experience”, which creates the base for the lineage and carries truth.
It was Sri K. Patthabhi Jois, affectionately named Guruji, who structured the system of Ashtanga Yoga as we know it today, based on his learnings from his Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Guruji's grandson, R. Sharath Jois, is the current lineage holder. He is the director of the Institute in Mysore, South India, the leading Ashtanga Yoga School, KPAYI, and keeps sharing this special Yoga practice worldwide.
The benefits of a consistent practice are rich and reach far beyond physical health. Yet, the body’s condition of health is the indicator for the well-being of the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. They intercorrelate with each other and uniquely unravel at the right time of the practitioners process on the mat and life. Here is a selection of the benefits to inspire at least.