"Yet Yoga as a way of life and philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with an inclination to undertake it, for Yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion".
Shri K Pattabhi Jois, Yoga Mala 1962
Yoga is a way of life, a search for meaning and a method for finding true health and happiness
Yoga in Sanskrit means both union and concentration. Its practice aims at harmonizing our bodies, breath, nervous system and mind in a coherent direction to create a state of health, vitality, calmness, clarity and insight in the practitioner. This is accomplished through practicing yoga postures in conjunction with regulated breathing and concentration.
Who can practice Ashtanga Yoga?
The practice can be learned by anyone who wishes to learn it. Yoga addresses the common drive that all humans have: to be happy, to know one’s self, and to fulfill one’s purpose here on this planet during the short span of our lives.
People come to yoga for different reasons. Some are looking to get in shape and to improve their flexibility, strength and balance; some to learn to relax and reduce stress; others to re-focus their minds, or as a spiritual quest. This is because it is a holistic, comprehensive approach. Yoga does not view the body and mind as distinct, but as an intertwined expression of consciousness.
It may be hard work, but it is not a work out.
The Ashtanga Yoga system is a living lineage that dates back nearly five thousand years in a unbroken line of teachers, sages and gurus that has reached millions of practitioners through the inspirational life of Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois.
Three points create the foundation for the practice: yoga poses, yogic breathing techniques and specific gazing poses for each movement. The poses are arranged sequentially so that each pose builds on the previous one in an ever increasing level of difficulty. In Ashtanga Yoga, there are six series: the primary series, intermediate series and advanced series divided into four other series (A, B, C, D). Most people practice the primary series, which is the basis for entering the other series.
Ashtanga Yoga is a body awareness technique that helps you experience deeper levels of peace, increased energy, better health and greater happiness.