Ashtanga Yoga is a legendary practice of dynamic Raja Yoga, transmitted by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Raja Yoga seeks to focus the mind to reach a state of harmony. In Ashtanga, we learn to focus our mind using the body (yoga postures, breathing sound (Ujjayi Uranayama), different gazing points(Dristi) and physiological locks (Bhandas). We go from the most material and physical, the body, to the most subtle and intangible, the mind.
Throughout our lives we polute our body and mind with toxins . A newborn is pure, his mind and his body are developing. In the natural process of growth, we accumulate fears, tensions and all kinds of physical and emotional problems. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga helps us to cleanse and purify all our body, it helps eliminate both physical and emotional tension and brings us closer to that state of initial purity of our lives. When we remove the veil from our minds, we are free and light, life is good.
'In Ashtanga we sweat !!! We generate internal heat, this we can only do with breathing and postures. We clean our body from the inside out.
The method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is divided into three series: First, Intermediate and Advanced A, B, C and D
First series (Yoga Chikitsa): readjust, reduce toxins and purifies the internal organs. Intermediate series (Nadhi sodhana): purifies the energetic and nervous system. Advanced series (Sthira Bhaga): develops strength and stability.
The classes are structured so that each student understands the correct sequence of postures and breathing technique, individually adjusting the pace to gradually advance in the practice.
Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India( Parampara)
Sri K Pattabhi Jois was the acknowledged master (guru) of Ashtanga Yoga of our time, he studied 29 years with his teacher, Sri T Krishnamacharya (Guru of , Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar, TKV Desikachar ... and Maharaya ( 'king') of Mysore). It was in this small Indian city of Mysore, one million inhabitants, where Sri K Pattabhi Jois open and Ashtanga Yoga School, following the tradition of his Guru.
By 1970 , the first Westerners discovered this beautiful practice. Motivated by the physical and mental transformations and the intensity and beauty of the practice, they expanded to the US and consequently came to Europe . In Spain , around 1980 , Tomas Zorzo discovered Ashtanga and Pattabhi Jois.
Tomas Zorzo is the pioneer of Ashtanga Yoga in Spain and the only Spanish that is certified by Sri K Pattabhi Jois ( has completed the third series).
Currently , there are hundreds of people traveling to Mysore, including celebrities like Madonna , Gwyneth Paltrow and Willem Dafoe.
Photo 1 (Gurujis birthday 1993/1994, and a group of students as Peter Sanson, Chuck Miller, Gerald, Tomas Zorzo, Anand Zorzo at the foot of the old shala in Laxmipuram; Mysore India.)
The practice is done early in the morning. The length is relative because it depends on the length of breathing and posture of the series to where the practitioner does. Logically, it can't last the same a beginner than a student who have been practicing for 10 years.
Ashtanga Yoga Teachers.
Learning Ashtanga Yoga requires tremendous discipline and motivation. The only oficial place for it and to become a teacher is K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. KPJAYI.ORG
There are 3 levels of authorization:
Authorized 1: It allows to teach the first series.
Authorized 2:It allows to teach the Intermidiate.
Certificate: This is the maximum degree. Being certified, allows to teach the third series.. Teacher Training Courses of Ashtanga Yoga are not officially recognized and only promote the deception and confusion among students. Because of the demand, there are unscrupulous schools that offer training courses of Ashtanga Yoga. These courses are not officially recognized. They not respect the tradition, the lineage( parampara) the natural process of understanding and comprehension of Ashtanga, that can only be acquired with years of practice, and under the guidance of a competent teacher.
Nor flexibility is the representative of teacher quality. One can buy a title, say for 3000 €, or wait patiently under the supervision of an authorized or certified teacher to guide you in the teaching process, and only when the student is ready. Therefore practicing with an authorized or certified teacher is a sign of competence and quality, it is a teacher that knows what he is doing and can lead the student in the practice of Yoga from experience.
Fears of a beginner:
Flexibility is gradually generated. The goal of this practice is not to put your foot behind your neck+, this is just a consequence. Moreover, not because one is more flexible has a better practice. Guruji used to say "one can attain Samadhi practicing first series".
Ashtanga is ideal for all ages from 10 to 100. Breathing and postures can always be adapt to the different processes and vital states.
Ashtanga is conceived as a daily practice of purification, it is recommended to practice at least 3 times a week and students are encouraged to introduced this wonderful tool as part of everyday life.
In the same way that it is better to brush our teeth every day that just only twice a week, it is preferable to do Yoga every day 30 minutes that a single day 4 hours.
- Do not eat 2 to 3 hours before practice. Preferably be on empty stomach.
- Do not drink water during practice as it stops the process of purification. If possible avoid drinking half an hour before practice and even half an hour later.
- It is recommended to practice with comfortable clothes and a towel.
- According to the ancient scriptures of Patanjali:-" the only person who can't do Yoga is the LAZY one".
If you have motivation, 'You have half the practice done !!!
Through the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, the practitioner gains control of the senses and consciousness of his being. Consequently, the body will heal and bring peace to your mind. Ashtanga Yoga is ideal for developing strength, flexibility and vitality.
We recommend that any student who is interested in this practice starts with three days a week.