Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and his grandson Sharath Jois is a dynamic method with the focus on the breath-synchronized-movement (vinyasa) in a progressive series of postures (asanas).

Following the indian tradition the knowledge of Yoga has been handed down from a teacher to a student (guru - shishya) creating a lineage, Parampara. In this way Yoga has preserved his authenticity, purity and the ancient source.
The philosofy and practice of the Ashtanga (8 limbs, levels) are based on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. The vinyasa system has ancient origins, from the Yoga Korunta, a manuscript written by Vamana Rishi that was passed down to Shri T. Krishnamacharya from his guru Ramamohan Bramachari in the early nintees, and later on passed to Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, who has been a disciple of Krishnamacharya for more than 20 years.
Pattabhi Jois is the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore (India), with dedication he has been teaching for more than 60 years, through him this method becomes popular also in the west. Currently the direction of the Mysore Institute, now KPJAYI, is passed to the grandson Sharath Jois.

Tristhana: this means the 3 actions that characterize the Ashtanga practice: posture, breathing system (ujjay, uddiyana and mula bandha) and looking place ( dristhi). They are always integrated with each other, the effects are the purification respectively on the physical level, nervous system and mental level.

Mysore style - the student is doing the sequence of postures at his own pace. In a group setting the istructions are given individually, the intensity will be in a progressive manner and the teacher will decide when the student is ready to go further in new postures. It is not a class only for advance students, beginners can start with the mysore style and work to memorize the sun salutation or a short part of the primary series.

Led class (beginners level) - is the more typical lesson where the teacher instructs the group together leading the class through the postures of primary series. the class is about one hour and itʼs only a first approach to the practice, soon itʼs suggested to join the mysore style classes.

To receive more benefits from the Ashtanga Yoga method and to build a safe and enjoyable practice is appropriate to reach a frequence of 6 days a week, preferably in the morning. Following the tradition we rest on saturday and on new and full moon days. Women should also rest during the first days of menstrual cycle, and avoid the inverted poses the following days.

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