Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system. It is thousands of years old and has been expounded upon even in the puranas, from previous yugas. There is nothing contemporary or new age about it, the method is old school and timeless. In relatively recent times the method was recorded by Vamana Rishi (in the Yoga Kurunta), and then carried by Sri Rama Mohan Bramachari to Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his disciple Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji).

A beautiful biography of Guruji...

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Four specific techniques are always used in the practice: Ujjayi pranayama, Mula and Uddiyana Bandha, Dristi, and specific Vinyasa. Out of these four, the breath is the foundation. Really, the only prerequisite for practice is that we can inhale and exhale. Hence, anyone who is alive can practice! 


Historically, the teachings...

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As in other world traditions Ashtanga gives special attention to the day of the Full and New Moons. Energy runs strong at these times, and supports more devotional and subtle practices. So these days are generally considered to be a 'day off' from asana practice. Most larger Ashtanga schools do not hold classes on these days. At Shakti Sharanam...

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