"Yogaś citta vṛitti nirodhaḥ - Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind." PYS 1.2
The ashtanga yoga asana practice is a dynamic form.
A set sequence. Movement is synchronised to breath.
Poses flow from one to the next, generating a detoxifying heat in the body.
Cleansing the nervous system, removing toxins keeping the mind calm and focused.
The body becomes supple, strong, light and free.
Ashtanga yoga is best learnt in either a Mysore class or a beginners workshop.
8 limbs of Āṣṭāṇga Yoga
Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga is the method taught by the Jois family at KPJAYI (Mysore, India). When you enter a Mysore class the first thing you may notice is the distinct sound of breathing. There is little talking in the class which allows for the peaceful connection of breath to movement and the quiet practice of moving meditation. The sequence is learned from memory so there is a strong sense of internal focus in the room. This is a self-practice class taught one on one within a group class setting, under the guidance of an experienced authorised teacher. Students progress in their own time and practice at their own breath pace, learning the sequence slowly, over time. Asana by asana.