Ashtanga Yoga

The Yoga Shala

gurujiAshtanga Yoga is the eight-limbed path of traditional practice. Asana, the practice of yoga postures, is one limb on the traditional path of yoga. Sri K Pattabhi Jois believed asana to be the limb which, when practiced correctly, with dedication, and a good intention, awakens the practitioner to all other limbs of yoga. The practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught by K Pattabhi Jois, is a system of asana practice which purifies, strengthens and provides stability for the body and mind. The practice utilizes Tristhana, the three places of attention or action. They include the yoga posture (asana), the breathing/moving system (vinyasa) and the gazing point (drishti). In order for the student to move forward in the practice attention must be given to tristhana. It is this cultivating of attention in practice, the training of the mind, which begins to awaken a connection to the Self, or that which is beyond the ego-centered definition of the body and mind. This Self-Realization is the ultimate goal of any yoga practice.
“Ashtanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga” —Sri K Pattabhi Jois
Being flexible, strong or fit is not a requirement for starting a yoga practice. It is the goal of all of the teachers at The Yoga Shala to meet students exactly where they are as they begin a practice, and to assist the student along the path of yoga with compassion and intelligence. All are welcome.