in South India. He passed away in 2009 at the age of 93, after seven decades of continuous teaching. However, the lineage is carried on by his daughter and grandson who remain teachers at KPJAYI, as well as by teachers from all over the world who have been authorised/certified.
The Ashtanga method emphasizes “vinyasa”, a Sanskrit word meaning “breathe linking movement”. Each asana, or posture, is linked to the others through breathing and movement, creating a flowing sequence. The practice, if done correctly under the guidance of a qualified teacher, naturally generates intense heat in the body, facilitating the removal of toxins and the purifi cation of the internal organs. Excess characteristics, such as extra weight or physical tension, are gradually diminished. The result is improved health, strength, and flexibility.
Named after the city in South India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his family currently teach, “The Mysore Class” is unique among yoga classes. Students are taught asanas individually, so they can progress at their own pace, receiving guidance and assistance from the teacher when necessary. This method is ideal for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. More importantly, the quiet and peaceful environment allows students to easily observe their breathing – the intimate bridge between body and mind. Over time, this awareness transforms the mind, leading to calmness and tranquility.
Article courtesy of Suchavadee (Sasha) Chalermwongsawet
Coordinator of Ashtanga Yoga Phuket Center at Sukko Spa
Consulting Editor for Yoga Journal-Thailand; Teacher authorized
by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to teach traditional Ashtanga Yoga
“O Yogi! Do not do asana without vinyasa.”
“It is impossible to try to describe the sweetness of sugar. Only by tasting sugar can the experience of sweetness be had,…, so will people too experience the happiness of [this] asana by practicing it.” “Yoga Mala”, by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
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