We are dedicated to practicing, preserving,
and passing on the lineage of traditional Ashtanga yoga.
Our goal is to support people in developing a regular Ashtanga Mysore practice and to keep this form of yoga thriving. It is our belief that this regular practice unlocks new understandings that lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life. We believe that anyone can perform this type of yoga regardless of age, previous injuries, or other disabilities. We help people grow their practice by teaching traditional postural sequences yet being mindful that such sequences may need to be modified at times based on a practitioners individual set of circumstances. We seek to provide an environment that is fun yet safe, energetic and supportive. In the end, we hope to provide the space where people may deeply explore the intersection of mind, body, breath, and spirit.
ashtanga yoga lineage
Ashtanga yoga is a complete yoga method based on Bhakti (devotion) to a breathing and movement system called vinyasa. Through Ashtanga yoga you come to realize your Self and your purpose by learning to systematically combine several internal and external techniques including: breathing, internal locks, meditation, posture, conscious movement and gazing. When these basic techniques are applied with discipline, subtlety and skill, they are excellent tools for becoming physically and mentally strong and perceptive. When you’ve developed your practice, you learn to ‘inhabit’ your body like an animal moving freely in the wild and at the same time your mind becomes strong and fit for meditation. Practicing to create this combination of physical grace and power and mental clarity and openness leads to spiritual awakening. The method consists of learning rigorous, well-balanced sets of postures and the vinyasa positions that form the set sequences. The alternating, opposing movement and breathing patterns within the given sequences help you to internalize your mind and to gain depth and wisdom by observing the true nature of what is happening within you.
The Ashtanga yoga method was originally taught in Mysore, southern India by the late yoga master, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Since the first Ashtanga classes were taught in Mysore, this style of teaching is named after the city and is really just short for “Mysore Style Ashtanga.”
This Summary of the Ashtanga yoga lineage was given with permission and written by my teacher, David Garrigues