We practice Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga in its traditional form as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois through the study of the following sequences: the First Series (Yoga Chikitsa) which detoxes and aligns the body, the Intermediate Series (Nadi Sodhana) that purifies the nervous system, Pranayama and Chanting.
The classes can be guided by the teacher – Led classes – or Mysore style with the support of the teacher and the development of the personal practice.
The traditional methodology foresees that each level should be wholly developed before going on to the next level, through constant practice and through the development of deep breathing. The order of the asanas in the sequence has to be maintained since each posture is the preparation for the next one.
The practice of Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga requires effort, discipline and humility in order to have the benefits of a healthy and vital body, a purified nervous system and a calm, lucid and conscious mind.
Hence, the Asthanga Yoga can only be practiced with the support of a teacher who has been prepared appropriately according to the tradition and capable of guiding the student whilst gaining stability starting from listening to the breath.
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe |
niḥ-śreyase jaṅgali-kāyamāne saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai ||
ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam |
ahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ praṇamāmi patañjalim ||
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers, who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness
Like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-beeing.
He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.
The upper body of human shape, carrying a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation) having 1000 bright heads, I bow to Patanjali.
go-brāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubham-astu nityaṁ lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino-bhavaṁtu ||
uṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
May the well-being of all people be protected By the powerful and mighty leaders be with law and justice.
May good success be with all cows (divinity) and scholars May all (samastah) the worlds (lokha) become (bhavantu) happy (sukhino).
Om peace, peace, peace