About Ashtanga

About Ashtanga

Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga study rooted in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  Ashtanga means “8 limbs” and refers to an all encompassing practice that goes beyond merely the physical performance of Asana (postures).  The 8 limbs include yogic lifestyle, ethical behaviors, and meditation,  suggesting a specific relationship of the Yogi to self, and to all of life and Consciousness.  We begin our yogic journey caring for the body as our vehicle of consciousness, detoxifying and healing through a vigorous asana practice that creates lightness, strength, openness, and a steady nervous system.  Without health we cannot be effective in the world.

Ashtanga differs from many other yoga schools by its use of a specific set of tools to work body and mind. Vinyasa, which means breath pattern with movement, is the essence of our therapy kit.  In movement and in stillness, we focus on Tristhana, three points, to heal the body and quiet the busy mind.  These 3 points are posture, breath, and gazing point.

We honor the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who brought us this practice as he learned it from his teacher, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, and we seek to transmit it in as pure a form as possible.  Students who practice with us will be able to practice at the source with the Jois family in Mysore, India, or with any other Ashtanga teachers worldwide who share this beautiful and potent practice according to tradition.  There are many forms of yoga available in the world today, but Ashtanga yoga is an authentic and light-filled path connected to a great lineage of teachers and teachings.  As students, we honor our teacher R. Sharath Jois, who has taken over since the passing of Guru-ji in 2008.