Ashtanga 2016-10-14T09:13:36+00:00

Ashtanga History

Ashtanga yoga is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. The Institute is currently run by his grandson, R. Sharath Jois.

Ashtanga is a daily method of yoga that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. This process generates internal heat which detoxifies and purifies the muscles and organs. The results are improved circulation, a stronger and more flexible body and a calm mind.

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R. Sharath Jois and Pattabhi Jois

“Practice and all is coming.” – Pattabhi Jois

Ashtanga means eight limbs, indicating that there are eight limbs or steps on the path of yoga, as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. These are: