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Sri T Krishnamacharya and B.K.S Iyengar practicing the roots of Ashtanga Yoga.

What is Ashtanga Yoga ?

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic style of hatha yoga that uses six set sequences of postures, and synchronises breath with movement. The system was initially bought to the West from India by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, which he learned from his Guru T Krishnamacharya.

 

The practice focuses on breath, bandhas (energy locks), and drishti (gaze). These three elements are known as Tristana. The system is designed to help the students purge their body of all toxins using the Ujjayi breath to aid in heating the body. With a set sequence, the student can let go of the idea of what posture will the teacher ask them to do next. This allows the student to focus on the internal space and breath, which in turn helps to deepen their connection to self.


In the Mysore style of practice, each student practices to their unique stage of the sequence. As the student progresses, the teacher will offer another posture, which will be added to their own individual practice. Each student is at their own level, and all  practice in the same shala, creating a unique energy and community. The Mysore room can be a transformative and powerful

place of practice.

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