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I have been practicing yoga since 1970 and Ashtanga since 1996. I am one of the few individuals who has spent time studying directly with the founding father of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K Patabhi Jois, in Mysore India.

I believe the Ashtanga method is divinely inspired and when practiced with determination and consistency, can ultimately heal our body/mind from the inside out rather quickly. Ashtanga is a dynamic practice, building strength, agility, balance and confidence.

Over the decades, I have learned to modify and soften the practice to accommodate everyone, regardless of body type, age or ability. I teach using the traditional method of hands on assists, enabling students to explore postures deeper, creating muscle memory and allowing students to move through physical and mental limitations swiftly. You will be amazed how promptly your yoga practice evolves.

We invite everyone, beginner and tenured yoga student alike, to join us with an opened mind and willing spirit… slowly slowly, do your practice and all things come! 

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga, practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness – physical, psychological and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind.

Ashtanga literally means “eight limbs”. They are described by Patanjali as: Yama (abstinence), Niyama (observance), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation).

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Vinyasa

Vinyasa means breath synchronized movement. The breath is the heart of this discipline, and links asana to asana in a precise order. By synchronizing movement with breathing and practicing Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas (locks), an intense internal heat is produced. This heat purifies muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins as well as releasing beneficial hormones and minerals, which can nourish the body when the sweat is massaged back into the skin. The breath regulates the vinyasa and ensures efficient circulation of blood. The result is a light, strong body.

There are three groups of sequences in the Ashtanga system. The Primary Series (yoga chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the body. The Intermediate Series (nadi shodhana) purifies the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels. The Advanced Series A.B.C.D. (sthira bhaga) integrate the strength and grace of the practice, requiring higher levels of flexibility and humility.

Each level is to be fully developed before proceeding to the next, and the sequential order of asanas is to be meticulously followed. Each posture is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further.

Breath

The continuity of deep, even breathing cannot be overemphasized in the Ashtanga Yoga system. When breath feeds action, and action feeds posture, each movement becomes gentle, precise and perfectly steady.

According to the teaching of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “Breath is Life”. Breathing is our most fundamental and vital act and holds a divine essence; exhalation a movement towards God, and inhalation an inspiration from God.

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Practice

It is said that where there is no effort there is no benefit. Strength, stamina and sweat are unique aspects of this traditional Yoga, seemingly contrary to western perceptions of Yoga. This demanding practice requires considerable effort and purifying the nervous system. The mind then becomes lucid, clear and precise, and according to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois “Wherever you look you will see God”. Only through practice will we realize the truth of what this guru often says. “Everything is God”.

Please note the importance of learning the Ashtanga method only from a traditionally trained teacher. Only a qualified teacher can provide the necessary guidance to assure safe, steady progress without injury to body or mind!

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