The oldest remaining specific text was written by Patanjali, who summarised Ashtanga Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali’s teachings embraced the eight limbs of yoga.
The modern history of Ashtanga Yoga comes to us through Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who learned the practice from his teacher Rama Mohan Brahmachari, who lived in the Himalayan Mountains near Lake Manasarovar. Krishnamacharya was also able to track down an old copy of a document known as the Yoga Korunta in the old National Archives of India in Calcutta, which detailed philosophies, asanas, bandhas and many other elements of Ashtanga yoga.
This was passed down to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who spent many years studying and teaching under him.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is widely regarded as having popularised modern Ashtanga Yoga, establishing the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, KPJAYI. and devoting his life to the practice before passing away in 2009. The teaching was then passed down to his grandson, my teacher R. Sharath Jois who is currently in India/Mysore. Sharath Jois opened the Sharath Yoga Centre in 2019 and continues to spread the teachings of yoga.
This method of yoga involves synchronising the breath with a progressive series of postures, a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. The traditional teaching form is called Mysore Style. It is named after the town of Mysore, located in the South of India.
Mysore vs Led lessons:
Ashtanga yoga practice requires to be done 6 days a week, one of them is a Led class, the rest you practice Mysore Style.
Certified Ashtanga teacher Level 2:
Nieves has been certified by R. Sarath Jois on 2022
Mysore style classes:
“Mysore” is the city in India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois tought Ashtanga Yoga for more than 60 años. Nowadays, his grandson Sarath Jois has continued teaching in Mysore.
In this particular style, students are taught the sequance of postures little by little, each student at their own pace.
The teachers adjust and correct individually, and add postures according to the needs and particularities of each person. This is the traditional way in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught and the best way to gradually build a solid personal practice.
In this style of class, students can enter the room and start their practice at any time within the proposed time frame.
Traditionally, in Ashtanga Yoga we practice 6 days/week, always resting one day every week and Full Moon or New Moon days. You can see the next moon days below:
January 21st (new)
February 5th (full)
February 20th (new)
March 7th (full)
March 21st (new)