Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a traditional method of practice inspired by T. Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi jois from Mysore, India. It is a style of yoga that is physically demanding due to the constant movement from one pose to the next (Vinyasa) which we Practice in its correct sequential order. Through this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama), postures (asanas), gazing point (driste) and energetic locks (bandas), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind. 


Mysore style has everyone doing their own set practice at there own pace. The teacher guides you by giving you the next posture only when your ready. The student is given responsibility for their own practice. You learn the sequence to memory. so that you can continue your practice on youe own at home. Your cue to move on to the next posture comes from your breath. The practice becomes a part of you. There is a Community everyone is addressed by name and the teacher knows your practice inside and out. This creates an energy which makes everyone feel connected. It's challenging You have to challenge yourself, not wait for the teacher to challenge you! It's inspiring. Every morning you witness ordinary people achieve extraordinary things in their practice. The most inspiring part of all is that I know they all started in the same place and put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are. Mysore is traditionally practiced early morning as prana is highest then and all is still. Then I have the rest of the day to myself.