Breathing in Ashtanga Yoga and its effects

The breath as one of the fundamental elements of any yoga practice. Breathing has an interdependency to the mind, body, and emotions, you being a movement. Through steady and correct breathing – concentration comes easily, posture becomes steady and benefits are multifold. The breathing in yoga can serve as a transformative mechanism to improve overall…

Surya Namaskar – Sun salutation A and B in Ashtanga Yoga

The Mysore Ashtanga yoga, sun-salutations, called “A” & “B” have been developed by Sri Krishnamacharya & Sri Pattabhi Jois. Sūryanamaskāra serves as a transition between postures and as a postural preparation – smart, isn’t it 🙂 Warm-up (muscles) Release of large articulations Limbering up of the spine Every asana is done with the synchronization of…

Ashtanga Yoga Guru – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Gratitude (कृतज्ञता) – Something unconditional love and acceptance of the metaphor wisdom and teaching of guru, or a person who we really look up to and motivated to practice and learn a great tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Thursday – गुरूवार – the day of guru | बृहस्पतिवार – the day of the planet Jupiter. Today 18th May…

The important history of your Yoga Mat

Few people know, but the yoga mat is a recent discovery in the life of yoga practitioners. People can’t imagine practicing Yoga without this plastic/ rubber carpet made in Chain – we call it “XYZ Yoga Mat”. Before all that, it was Rugs and Carpets. “I have never bought a Yoga mat in my 20+…

Ashtanga – 8 limbs of Yoga

“Ashtanga” is a Sanskrit word meaning “eight-limbed,” as in the limbs of a tree. The two “lowest” limbs have to do with morality and ethics — what to avoid doing and what to do in order to live a virtuous life. The first limb, called the Yamas in Sanskrit, consists of five restraints: not harming,…

What is Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga

“Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style” is named after the city Mysore in southern India where the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived and taught the method of Ashtanga for his entire life. He founded the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) where nowadays his grandson and the Guru of all Ashtangis (Paramguru) –  Sharath Jois…

Tristana – The core principle of Ashtanga Yoga

The vinyāsa, the connecting movements between the postures, is composed of 3 fundamentals (Tristana) which are: The breathing (Ujjãyi Prãnãyãma) – the victorious breath The control of the pelvic floor, and abdominal ball  (Mūla Bāndha) The focused gaze (Drishti) in the postures (āsana). Ashtanga Yoga uses a three-fold approach to yoga asana called Tristana. Tristana consists…