“ The full Ashtanga System
Practiced With Devotion
Leads To Freedom Within One’s Heart”
Shri K. Pattabhi Jois
The Ashtanga Yoga
is a dynamic system of Yoga, which was developed and widespread by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). It is characterized by the synchronization of a conscious, rhythmic and stable breathing with movements and sequences of postures that allow a deep cleansing and detoxification of the body and mind.
Ashtanga Yoga is a method of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development. It is a personal, gradual and progressive process. It is divided into three series of postures, the first one called Yoga Chikitsa, or Yoga Therapy, aims at the realignment of the body and the detoxification of the body. The Second Series, Nadi Shodana, or Intermediate Series, creates the conditions for a purification of the nervous system. The third series is divided into A, B, C and D and imply strength and grace, leading practitioner to a greater state of connection and integration.
The main characteristic of Ashtanga Yoga is the Vinyasa – the conscious coordination between breathing, and movements and postures that creates internal heat, increases blood circulation and produces perspiration, initiating a process of physical and mental detoxification.
Ashtanga Yoga begins by acting on the body, making it lighter and more flexible, to later calm the mind and foster the focus and concentration. It is a slow, long and true path of self-discovery, a practice for life!