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…

Why not practice Ashtanga Yoga on the Full Moon

We all have this question – Why not practising on the Full Moon?  In this article, I would like to shed some light for a better understanding. Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are…

Buddha Purnima- Happy birthday to Gautam Buddha

Buddha Purnima is a festival celebrated with great fervor in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia. Buddha’s full name is Gautam Buddha and apparently, my youngest brother’s name is Gautam 🙂 The birthday of Gautam Buddha is celebrated as Buddha Purnima across…

Surya Namaskar origins and tales

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is not only a physical exercise or warm-up.  It is something much more profound, which needs a deep understanding of  Sanskrit Vedic literature and Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). The Sun Salutation or Sūryanamaskāra is a dynamic sequence of postures; it is a ritual in honor of the rising sun (ideally just…

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…