Ashtanga is a system of yoga develop in Mysore, India by Pattabhi Jois. Pattabhi was a student of Krishnamacharya who developed Vinyasa Krama, which is the origin of modern postural yoga around 1930. This is the first time we began to see Surya Namaskar and flowing movements linked with the breath.
Born from this is Pattabhi"s Ashtanga Vinyasa System, which have 6 series a student slowly progress though. The most well known is first series or Ashtanga Primary Series. This is known as Yoga Chikitsa or yoga therapy. This set sequence is designed to purify, strengthen and align the body. Ashtanga uses the practice of Tristana which is ujjayi breathing with application of Bandhas and use of Dhristi, our gaze. This application produces the purifying sweat and means to focus, which make this practice a moving meditation.
Traditionally Ashtanga is learned in a Mysore room. Students are slowly given poses one by one until they master the series. You will also see led classes and more recently modern, progressive Ashtanga that allows a student to progress, use props and modify.
Ashtanga primary series focuses on foundational poses, forward folds, hip opening with breath counts.
We rotate in traditional Ashtanga primary Series with our Rocket classes.