Traditional Ashtanga Yoga

The information presented here is intended to assist your journey in Ashtanga Yoga. Before we begin, however, please remember that individuals and their bodies manage physical activity differently. Therefore, before beginning any activity that may be physically strenuous, be sure to consult your physician.

Take some time to read through this information. Maintaining safety and preventing physical injury depends on proper preparation and technique. Rather than trying to imitate or copy another student’s posture, “feel” your own way into a posture using the breath. Then safely explore the posture’s parameters without force.

What is Ashtanga yoga? Ashtanga was the traditional yoga practice of the Mysore Palace located in Mysore, India. Practice of this traditional yoga develops a threefold balance between strength, endurance and flexibility of both mind and body. What makes it unique is the joining of one posture together with another using a dynamic link called vinyasa. The postures flow one into another using a breathing technique designed to develop and store energy or prana (called chi in Chinese Martial Arts).

The topics presented here include:

  • What to do and how to prepare for practice
  • How to practice
  • Pain versus sore muscles
  • Creating discipline to practice yoga at home
  • Brief introduction to Ashtanga philosophy
  • The importance of ujjayi breathing
  • Generating power and internal strength
  • The psychology of releasing mental and physical stress
  • Sequencing posture using a time-honored scientific approach

You will learn yoga more easily and quickly by having fun and enjoying the act of breathing, moving, and filling your body with energy and strength.