What is Ashtanga Yoga?

The Ashtanga (which means 8 limbs) vinyasa system of yoga is based on a specific series of postures and the vinyasas (movements) which has the effect of "unlocking" the body in an intelligent and scientific way, each pose preparing the body of the next one to come.  Each pose has specific health benefits and when combined into a flow sequence it results in:

-detoxification

-realignment of the body and nervous system

-develop inner strength and flexibility

-improve general health and well-being.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, founded this system of yoga and taught for many decades in his hometown of Mysore, India.

Traditionally, the word Yoga, but itself refers to Raja Yoga, the mental science.  The primary text of Raja Yoga is called the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (also know as Patanjali Yoga Sutras or Yoga Darsanam).  Sutra means "thread"; each Sutra being the bares thread of meaning upon which a teacher might expand by adding his or her own "beads" of experience.

The traditional way to practice Ashtanga is Mysore style, but we also offer a variety of "led" classes where a teacher gives verbal cues to guide students through the practice.

Moon Days

A Moon Day is a day on which there is a new or full moon. In keeping with tradition, no Mysore classes are held on these days, based on a belief in India that it is inauspicious to do so. Please check here and the Studio calendar for upcoming Moon Days. We do hold all other classes on Moon Days, since these are not as tradition-bound as Mysore.

What is Ujjayi Breath?

An important aspect of the Ashtanga system is ujjayi breathing — breathing with sound.  We inhale and exhale through the nose while closing the back of the throat, in an even rhythm that is intended to be a means of meditation and smooth movement.

The purpose of Ujjayi Breathing;

-to generate heat and purify the body through sweat

-the sound of the breath keeps the mind focused

--indicates the quality of your practice

What is Dristi?

Each pose has its own dristi (gaze). It is usually either up between the eyebrows, or down towards the tip of the nose. Dristi lessens distractions, directs the practitioner’s energy, and enhances balance.

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