Ashtanga Yoga School in the tradition of David Garrigues
Ashtanga Yoga is a universal bhakti yoga practice which utilizes hatha yoga techniques primarily in the form of asana and pranayama. The yoga sequences of Ashtanga yoga are derived from the Yoga Korunta and have been improved and refined through guided practice and research within the lineage. The practices and popular sequences of Ashtanga Yoga are most famously known through the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga uses kriya yoga techniques based on the 8 limbed process of practice defined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, particularly outlined in chapter 2. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga is foreshadowed by the observances of ethical and moral principles in the yoga sutras known as the yamas and niyamas; two forms of ascetic disciplines which accompany our practice of devotional asana and pranayama. Ashtanga Yoga can be defined in the yoga sutras as "yogas-chitta-vritti-nirodaha" -or- the stilling of the mind through practice. Many people believe that the ancient lineage and traditional power of Ashtanga Yoga, which was known by great sages living in India centuries ago, is now living through the gurus and instructors of the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, located in Southern India. Our practice is based on the techniques at that institute and consists of daily devotional asana sequences based in traditional formats, utilizing contemporary adaptations. AYB is a utilitarian, non-dogmatic, research based yoga school which focuses on the individual betterment of human beings by means of the realization of potential through recognition of the self, or purusha, thus removing the conflict/suffering causing roots of delusion (avidya) caused by the existential poison of samsara (cyclic existence). We teach Ashtanga Yoga to people of all abilities through group style led classes, traditional mysore classes, individual instruction, and continual research sessions.