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...]
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Maria Villella talks about her approach to physical adjustments in postures, keeping the ego in check while practicing, and how she modified her own personal Ashtanga Yoga practice when she was injured. … [Read More...]
The Sun Salutations of Ashtanga Yoga
In Ashtanga Yoga, two variations of the sun salutation sequence are performed at the beginning of a practice or class right after the recitation of the Ashtanga Yoga Mantram (opening prayer). Each variation is usually done five times.
Surya Namaskara A (nine vinyasas)
~ Samasthiti ~
Inhale: Hands up
Exhale: Fold forward into Uttanasana
Inhale: Head … [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...]