When vinyasa is perfect, the mind is under control. -Sri k. Pattabhi Jois
We are a small community of Ashtanga practitioners based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Anyone from beginners and up are welcome to attend and practice with us if you are interested in self-practicing the Mysore style. Anyone attending the Mysore style (self-practice) can receive assistance in starting from the teachers.
About Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga yoga 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 1900s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya beginning in 1927.
Sharath Jois and Saraswathi, the grandson and daughter of Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) are currently teaching Ashtanga Yoga at SYC (KPJAYI), Mysore India.
“Asta” means eight and “anga” is a limb. The eight limbs of Ashtanga be described as eight disciplines. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra describes it as:
Yama: Self restraints
Asana: Physical practice of yoga postures
Pranayama: Breath control exercises
Pratyahara: Control of the senses
The first steps of the practice are the four externally oriented limbs:
Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayama.
To begin with, the third limb, asana (yoga postures), is the most important for us to practice, and through it we can understand the other limbs. The daily asana practice of Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of poses and relevant gazing points. This process produces intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The results are improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind.
Ashtanga yoga is traditionally taught in the “Mysore” style: a supervised and assisted self-practice. The same series of asanas (poses) are practiced each day. New poses are introduced by the teacher once the student memorizes and becomes proficient in the previous asanas in the sequence.
People of all ages and health levels can practice Ashtanga yoga. A student works with the teacher to progress at his or her own pace to develop flexibility, strength and stamina via the set series.
Mysore Class (self-practice)
In the Mysore class each student is taught individually. In other words, he or she is given a one-on-one lesson within the group setting. The student is taught progressively according to his or her individual needs. For this reason, each student is encouraged to make a month-to-month commitment. Ashtanga yoga is an exact and detailed science that is learned over time. Therefore, an attitude of patience and perseverance is essential.
Consistent practice will help to strengthen muscles, align the bones, purify the nervous system and cleanse the body. Through doing this, your body will become strong and flexible; your mind will become calm and clear.
This is a guided class through the entire primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. The teacher counts the traditional vinyasa in Sanskrit as taught in the Sharath Yoga Center in Mysore, India. The purpose of the class is to learn and maintain the correct order of the asanas and correct vinyasa – how to synchronize breathing and movement. Furthermore, surrendering to the teacher’s count and pacing is an opportunity to increase one’s internal and external strength, stamina and concentration. Over time and with consistent practice, the student will be able to do the entire primary series in an uninterrupted, rhythmic, and meditative flow.
Beginner students are welcome to join classes
In fact, the Mysore style method is ideal for people who are just getting started. They will be taught the first few basic sequences and their practice will be approximately 30 or 45 minutes. Students will progress further depending on their ability to memorize the sequence and gain a reasonable level of proficiency in the poses. Although flexibility, strength and coordination are helpful, they are not required. Anyone can enjoy the rewards of yoga, providing they are willing to make an effort.
If you are new to Ashtanga yoga and are interested in joining a class, please contact me first and come to the studio to observe a class before registering.