What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga (meaning 8 limbs) Vinyasa Yoga is an ancient system of yoga derived from the teachings of Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). He is the founder of the Ashtanga yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.
After learning this dynamic method from his teacher, Krishnamacharya, he then handed it down to thousands of students around the world.
Ashtanga is based on a sequence of postures, synchronising Breath with movement (Vinyasa).
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Samsara halahala mohashantyai
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
I worship the Guru's lotus feet
Awakening the happiness of the self revealed
Beyond comparison, acting like the jungle physician
To pacify delusion from Samsara (the poison of existence).
I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant White heads, (as the divine serpant, Ananta)
who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man holding a conch shell,
a wheel and a sword.
Svasthi Praja Bhyaha
Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
May all be well with mankind
May all the leaders of the Earth protect in every way by keeping to the right path.
May there be goodness for those who know the Earth to be sacred.
May all the worlds be Happy
OM peace peace peace