Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga, as taught by Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois, is a system of postures (āsanas), linked together by breath through the vinyāsa method. As originally taught in Mysore, India, students of all levels are instructedindividually in a group setting, learning the series slowly and progressively. Students are given verbal and hands-on guidance as necessary to deepen their practice. Beginners are welcome!

Ashtanga Yoga

तत्र स्थितौ यत्नोऽभ्यासः ।
स तु दीर्घकालनैरन्तर्यसत्कारासेवितो दृढभूमिः ।

tatra sthitau yatno 'bhyāsaḥ |
sa tu dīrgha-kāla-nairantarya-satkārāsevito dṛḍha-bhūmiḥ |

Practice is the effort towards stability.
And that practice attains firm ground,
when practiced for a long time, without interruption, and with devotion.

- Yogasūtra 1.13-14

 

 
 

Ashtanga yoga, as taught by Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois, is a system of postures (āsanas), linked together by breath through the vinyāsa method. As originally taught in Mysore, India, students of all levels are instructed individually in a group setting, learning the series slowly and progressively. Students are given verbal and hands-on guidance as necessary to deepen their practice. Beginners are welcome!

The memorization and repetition of the sequence and concentration on deep rhythmic breathing, bandhas (energetic locks) and dṛṣṭi (specific gazing points), helps to bring the mind and body into harmony and creates a deep state of concentration. Consistent practice supports physical and nervous system purification, strength and grace, calmness and clarity of mind.

Pattabhi Jois always considered the physical practice of ashtanga yoga to be a manifestation and embodiment of the eight limbs (aṣṭa-aṅga) of Patañjali. The practice is a moving meditation, which through the continual cultivation of concentration and awareness, allows us to become aware of and work with our physical and mental patterns, with the same ultimate aim of quieting the mind in order to attain knowledge of our true self.

At AYUWS we teach in the ashtanga yoga tradition as we have been taught by Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath. This method allows the yoga to speak to the uniqueness of each individual. At AYUWS we have students of all ages and backgrounds, who come to the practice for a multitude of reasons. Some have been practicing for 30 years, some for 30 minutes and everywhere in between. Our intention is to allow the practice to meet each student as they are. We nurture an atmosphere that is welcoming, vibrant, relaxed, focused, respectful, serious and enjoyable.

 

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योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः ।

yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ

Yoga is the stilling of (and non-attachment to) the fluctuating states of the mind.

- Yogasūtra 1.2

 

तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम् ।

tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe 'vasthānam

Then there is stability of the seer
in his/her own true nature.

- Yogasūtra 1.3