It is a style of yoga popularized by K.Pattabhi Jois, one of the disciples of Krishnamacharya, who is said to be the father of modern yoga.
The practice of yoga, which was previously only permitted to those who have become priests, is now available to household heads (those who have families and live as members of society).
It is possible to practice asana and pranayama at the same time by synchronizing breath and movement fluidly.
Because each movement and breathing are fixed, you can increase your concentration and feel a strong sense of being here now.
There are three important points in practicing Ashtanga yoga.
Breathe through the nose not the mouth. Mouth breathing take the heat, energy, and water away from the body.
Keep your inhalation and exhalation the same length.
Deep breathing activates the digestive fire and removes toxins from the body.
Follow the Parampara (directly handed down from a formal Guru; tradition passed down from generation to generation)
You must practice in order with correct guidance and alignment
The previous pose must be perfect before moving on to the next pose.
Learning too many poses at once can weaken the body.
Every pose has a gazing point.
By setting a gazeing point, we cultivate concentration and bring a sense of unity and awareness.
Practicing poses gives you a sense of being in here and now that brings you focus and awareness
in everyday in your life
9 gazing points
①urdhve up to space
②brumadhye third eye
③nasagre tip of the nose
④parsvayoh right side
⑤ parsvayoh left side
⑥ nabhi navel
⑦hastagre tip of the middle finger
⑧angusthagre tip of the thumb
⑨padagre tip of the big toe
Bandhas encourage the flow of energy in the body. Therefore, muscle contraction is
just a small part of the technique, and if you could do them correctly, will make the flow of prana (life energy).
It is often expressed as something like stopping the urge to urinate or defecate, but it is a tightening of more subtle energy.
Make a conscious effort to contract the perineum slightly.
It stops the downward flow of life energy and turns it into an upward flow that encourages growth and maturity.
It creates strength and stability.
Gently draw your lower abdomen toward your spine.
Uddiyana means "flying up", lifting the life energy from the foundation. It gives you lightness and the power to overcome gravity.
Each students practices the asanas which they have learned from the teacher, momorizes the order and pracces on their own.
Teacher provides guidance and adjustments as needed.
It is the most traditional practice method that allows beginners to experienced people to practice at their own pace according to their physical condition on the day.
A class in which the Teacher guides students through traditional Sanskrit counts and asana names.
You can review and check the order, breathing, and counting of each asana necessary to practice Mysore style.