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).
How graced are we to have access to these ancient teachings - and that Guruji brought it to us with all his heart, soul, and unconditional love!
Ashtanga means Eight Limbs and Yoga means Union. In simple english, the eight limbs are about ethical living, integrity in personal choices, practice of posture, engaging the breath to channel the eternal life force, detaching the senses and turning inward, one-pointed concentration of the mind, the experience of non-duality, and ultimately merging with the Divine.
Through using a specific combination of techniques as we practice, these limbs awaken within us as we journey back to our original Truth. On the way, the mind is gradually tamed and we embody more and more genuine happiness. The only catch is that we need to practice! Guruji often said, “Anyone can practice...only lazy people not practicing! Ha ha ha...” He also said 'Practice, and all is coming'.