Sri T Krishnamacharya – Father of Ashtanga Yoga

“Tirumalai Krishnamacharya – yogi, healer, linguist, Vedic scholar, an expert in the Indian Schools of thought, researcher, author in other words, a true legend.”  – KYM Chennai Born on the 18 November 1888, the eldest of six children (four boys and two girls) in a remote Indian village. Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who lived about 101…

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…