Spotlight on Ashtanga in Yoga Journal
This form of yoga is intensely physical and athletic. Ashtanga yogis practice a prescribed set of asanas, channel energy through the body using bandhas (locks), and concentrate on singular points using drishti (gaze) in asanas.
Classes typically begin with an invocation to Patanjali chanted in Sanskrit.
What It Literally Means: Ashtanga Yoga translates as “eight-limbed yoga” and refers to the eight limbs outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra, which include moral and ethical guidelines, postures, breathwork, sense withdrawal, concentration, and meditation.
What It Has Come to Mean: In America, Ashtanga Yoga most often refers to the system taught by Indian yoga master K. Pattabhi Jois. Sometimes called Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Jois’s Ashtanga comprises a precise series of poses done in sequential order, linked together with the breath.
Who Founded It: The practice that Jois teaches is detailed in an ancient Sanskrit text called the Yoga Kurunta, which was rediscovered early in this century by T. Krishnamacharya. Jois studied with Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India.
 

Spotlight on Ashtanga in Yoga Journal

This form of yoga is intensely physical and athletic. Ashtanga yogis practice a prescribed set of asanas, channel energy through the body using bandhas (locks), and concentrate on singular points using drishti (gaze) in asanas.

Classes typically begin with an invocation to Patanjali chanted in Sanskrit.

What It Literally Means: Ashtanga Yoga translates as “eight-limbed yoga” and refers to the eight limbs outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra, which include moral and ethical guidelines, postures, breathwork, sense withdrawal, concentration, and meditation.

What It Has Come to Mean: In America, Ashtanga Yoga most often refers to the system taught by Indian yoga master K. Pattabhi Jois. Sometimes called Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Jois’s Ashtanga comprises a precise series of poses done in sequential order, linked together with the breath.

Who Founded It: The practice that Jois teaches is detailed in an ancient Sanskrit text called the Yoga Kurunta, which was rediscovered early in this century by T. Krishnamacharya. Jois studied with Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India.

 

I went to Mysore at Ride the Breath this morning.  Kathy and Fran run the studio which is warm and wonderful.  It is attached to their house and you enter through a door that is always adorned with flowers.  As I was moving into the seated postures in the primary series, Kathy whispered during an adjustment, I paraphrase, “Feel the floor in your breath, engage the bandhas, blue sky in your head, no thinking.” I immediately moved my awareness into my body and started smiling. 

I went to Mysore at Ride the Breath this morning.  Kathy and Fran run the studio which is warm and wonderful.  It is attached to their house and you enter through a door that is always adorned with flowers.  As I was moving into the seated postures in the primary series, Kathy whispered during an adjustment, I paraphrase, “Feel the floor in your breath, engage the bandhas, blue sky in your head, no thinking.” I immediately moved my awareness into my body and started smiling. 

"When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside."

— Rumi (via alaynesque)

(Source: seabois, via aumnesia)

blackswanyoga:

Awkward.

We did this pose at Franklin Street today. The teacher, Dani, said just that, “Awkward.”

blackswanyoga:

Awkward.

We did this pose at Franklin Street today. The teacher, Dani, said just that, “Awkward.”

Naked Yogis

I didn’t realize there were so many photographs of women doing yoga naked:)

Vinyasa class with Dani Leah Strauss at Franklin Street Yoga, (I paraphrase), “Consciously choose what to let go and what to let in.”  I enjoyed beginning my day with her.  

Vinyasa class with Dani Leah Strauss at Franklin Street Yoga, (I paraphrase), “Consciously choose what to let go and what to let in.”  I enjoyed beginning my day with her.  

blackswanyoga:

noose pose

Pashasana. First pose in the intermediate series in Ashtanga.  What a beautiful picture.  

blackswanyoga:

noose pose

Pashasana. First pose in the intermediate series in Ashtanga.  What a beautiful picture.  

(via yogi-moni)

How this chart makes me laugh.  Do you want your heart to be really open?  You have to say “no” to get to Ashtanga.  

How this chart makes me laugh.  Do you want your heart to be really open?  You have to say “no” to get to Ashtanga.  

3:15. The time I practiced this afternoon.  For a while I felt like I had to practice in the morning: it is recommended by so many teachers and texts. I have been giving myself a little more leeway these days. Sometimes I know I will have time in the afternoon, so I enjoy the morning with my family and practice later in the day.  I expect that it will be a little more noisy, that I will have more trouble putting my phone away, and that a kid or two might say “mom” once or twice, but for now I am trying it out. And, with my work on the intermediate series in Ashtanga, I am grateful for the added flexibility the afternoon offers.

3:15. The time I practiced this afternoon. For a while I felt like I had to practice in the morning: it is recommended by so many teachers and texts. I have been giving myself a little more leeway these days. Sometimes I know I will have time in the afternoon, so I enjoy the morning with my family and practice later in the day. I expect that it will be a little more noisy, that I will have more trouble putting my phone away, and that a kid or two might say “mom” once or twice, but for now I am trying it out. And, with my work on the intermediate series in Ashtanga, I am grateful for the added flexibility the afternoon offers.

No asana practice on Saturday.  Saturdays and moon days are the traditional off days in Ashtanga.  I heard the story once that Guruji’s family wanted him home more so he began taking Saturday as holiday and thus the tradition. So, I just did my meditation practice today. I have begun sitting in siddhasana where I find more strength, peace, and focus than other seated postures. Left foot in first, then the right. I place my hands in my lap — right hand over the left.  I like the coziness of this alternate hand positioning, but have a feeling it is my work to open up more.  

No asana practice on Saturday.  Saturdays and moon days are the traditional off days in Ashtanga.  I heard the story once that Guruji’s family wanted him home more so he began taking Saturday as holiday and thus the tradition. So, I just did my meditation practice today. I have begun sitting in siddhasana where I find more strength, peace, and focus than other seated postures. Left foot in first, then the right. I place my hands in my lap — right hand over the left.  I like the coziness of this alternate hand positioning, but have a feeling it is my work to open up more.