The systematic practice of sequenced postures, made popular by Pattabhi Jois who learned from Krishnamacharya, “the father of modern yoga” meant to advance the physical body as well as purify the internal body. This class is suitable for beginners who want to learn the codified primary series of Ashtanga yoga, as well as for intermediate practitioners who want to continue to build strength, focusing on foundations. Ashtanga is a dynamic and spiritual practice all at once.
The practice of Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga is meditation in motion. Active and conscious breathing brings about the meditative state in the yoga asana practice. In our Ashtanga/Vinyasa flow, we will focus on synchronizing the breath or prana with yoga asanas. The element of Ashtanga builds strength and discipline whilst the vinyasa element incorporates creative sequencing and arm-balances.
Mysore is named after the city in south India where Pattabhi Jois developed the Ashtanga yoga method, a spiritual practice that brings about a deeper understanding of the self. The class is not “led” but rather students work at their own pace and rhythm, practicing a set sequence of postures that are linked to the breath and easily memorised with regular practice. Teachers give individual attention in the form of physical adjustments and one-to-one advice.