Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of hatha yoga; the roots originate from the town of Mysore in the south of India.
This method is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during his studies with Krishnamacharya.
The traditional way of practice is called ‘Mysore style’.
Ashtanga yoga is a system composed of 6 series of different asanas (physical postures). They are synchronised with three very important points of focus we call the ‘tristhana’. This is composed of the bandha’s (energetic locks), breath (Ujjiyi) and dristi (eye focus).
In a Mysore style practice the postures are introduced little by little depending on the capacity of the student. By practicing regularly, the student builds up strength, stability and flexibility progressively.
The breathing technique called Ujjayi, or victorious breath consists of puraka (inhalation) and rechaka (exhalation), both the inhale and exhale should be steady and even, the length of the inhale should be the same as the exhale. Over time the length of the breath and intensity of it should increase, the increased stretching of the breath initiates the increased stretching of the body. Long even breathing also increases in the internal fire and strengthens the nervous system.
The first series was structured to realign and detoxify the body. the intermediate series has a large impact on the nervous system.
Here at the Yoga Studio we have an Ashtanga programme of four classes per week. You can come to any of these classes on a pay as you go basis or you can enjoy the benefits of an Ashtanga membership for £30 per month, which entitles you to attend all of these Ashtanga classes on a monthly basis. If you are a Gold or Platinum Member you can upgrade your membership to include the Ashtanga programme for £15 or £10 per month respectively.