Each inhale and exhale during the practice of Ashtanga Yoga's sequences of postures is performed with a deep, resonant sound created at the back of the throat. This is called "Ujaiyi Breathing" and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois describes this method of inhaling and exhaling as "breathing with sound".
The Breathe is the Key
Attention to the breath is an essential technique in the Ashtanga Yoga method. Sri … [Read More...]
Ashtanga Yoga classes are either "led" or "Mysore-style". In led or "conducted" classes the teacher calls out every asana and vinyasa and may give some general verbal instructions. Ashtanga workshops and seminars often follow this format because it works well for large groups of students.
The majority of Ashtanga Yoga classes follow the format of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois's daily classes … [Read More...]
Named after the eight-limbs of yoga described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, Ashtanga Yoga is a method of practicing yoga postures and pranayama as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore India.
The Roots of Ashtanga Yoga
Sri K. Patthabhi Jois was born in 1915 on the Full Moon of July. Guruji, as he was called by Ashtanga students, passed away on May 18, 2009. Guruji taught six days a week in … [Read More...]
These asana are performed after Surya Namaskara A and B, and before a series (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced). When practicing Intermediate and Advanced Series, Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana and Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana are usually omitted.
The Fundamental Asana
Padangusthasana: 3 vinyasas
Padahastasana: 3 vinyasas
Utthita Trikonasana A and B: 5 vinyasas
Utthita Parsvakonasana A and B: … [Read More...]