Ashtanga Yoga is a system of Hatha Yoga developed by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the south Indian city of Mysore.
The system’s philosophical background is based on Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutras”, an eight fold method for stilling the mind and turning all the organs of sensation inwards.
The physical aspect of the practice is rooted in the Vinyasa method for practising asana discovered by Jois and his teacher Sri. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya in an ancient and obscure text called “The Yoga Korunta”.
Jois developed a total of six sequences that are learned in a progressive and linear manner and are taught to the student one pose at a time. Once the student has shown proficiency and steadiness of mind, breath and body in the pose; the next one is taught. Each one of these poses requires a level of strength and flexibility that increases as the student advances through the sequences. In this way, each pose prepares the body and mind for the next one and no student will ever be asked to try a pose that he hasn’t been prepared for.
Pattabhi Jois founded the KPJAYI (Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) in Mysore India where he taught until he left his body in 2009. Since then, his grandson Sharath Jois took over the institute and the lineage, teaching in the same way he was taught by his grand father for more than 25 years.
Serious and dedicated students of this method pilgrimage every year to the KPJAYI in Mysore to practice under Sharath’s tutelage.