Asthanga yoga and Mysore
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore is the recommended yoga system by Rishi Patanjali. Popularized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India Asthanga yoga is a traditional form of hatha yoga. The roots of ashtanga yoga dates back to the 19th century. It was written by Vamana Rishi in “Yoga kuranta”. K. Pattabhi Jois taught this form of yoga in Mysore, India, and hence
the name” Mysore style” yoga. In this form of yoga, the student is first taught the posture sequence followed by the correct movements, breathing techniques, etc.
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Asthanga yoga practice emphasizes on breathing, precisely on conscious breaths.
Asthanga yoga signifies 8 limbs- “Astha” means eight and “anga” means limbs. The eight limbs are:-
Nama- The first limb of Ashtanga Yoga is Nama. Nama indicates moral observance which will allow us to be in tranquillity with the rest of the world
Niyama- Next is Niyama. This signifies the moral observance which will allow us to be in harmony with ourselves.
Asana – Asana practice is the physical aspect of Ashtanga Yoga which will help you to figure out and develop awareness relating to your body.
Pranayama- With the help of Asana practice once you’ve figured out your body, the next step is to be aware of your breathing. Prayana is not just about the physical aspect of breathing. It contributes to the “pranic” energy. Prana is a life force and how to regulate and use this life’s force completely contributes to pranayama.
Pratyahara- Pratyahara, helps you in gaining control of your senses by the withdrawal of one’s senses. At times, we tend to overuse our senses- we over-eat, oversleep, we do everything in excess. Pratyahara is to have control of your sense organs.
Dharana- Once you can control your sense organs with the help of Pratyahara, your mind comes in one point. This is the beginning point of Dharana- the next limb that signifies concentration.
Dhayana- When you have mastered Dharana where you are focusing on one point without distractions for a long quiet, mediation is inevitable. This is known as a Dhayana.
Samadhi- Samadhi means “surrender”. When you’re established in Dhayana for a very long time that is termed as Samadhi, which is the last limb of Asthanga yoga.
The rise of Asthanga yoga in Mysore
On June 21, Mysore’s yoga practitioners made record after 54101 people came together and performed asanas at the Mysore racecourse to Commemorate the International Yoga Day. Mysore has become the yoga capital of the country. The Ashtanga yoga research institute is
known worldwide for providing Yoga education and attracts practitioners from the western countries. The Indian Yoga school offers intense residential courses and Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Benefits of Ashtanga yoga
Though the benefits of yoga are countless, in a nutshell, the benefits of ashtanga yoga are:-
- During the practice of Ashtanga yoga, “locks” are used, which increases strength and teaches the practitioners a method of directing the prana flow.
- Like any other form of yoga, ashtanga yoga plays a crucial role in improving your body flexibility
- The vinayasa in between poses of Ashtanga yoga aids in improving the cardiovascular system by keeping the heart rate up.
- This form of yoga focuses on the conscious breath or living in the present moment. This helps in reducing stress and anxiety.
- Practicing “Dharana”, the sixth limb of ashtanga yoga will help you increase focus and concentration
- Practicing Ashtanga yoga in a safe mindful manner will make your body much less prone to injury.
- Practicing regular Ashtanga yoga will help you prevent body fat.
Top Ashtanga workshops in Mysore
This Course from Indian Yoga school will help you in developing Ashtanga Vinayasa practice. This workshop focuses mainly on the practice of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga which will help in syncing your mind and body and will contribute to a harmonious life. After attending this workshop, you will feel more energized and inspired.
At Indian yoga school, we offer advanced ashtanga Yoga workshop is focused on healing and therapy with Ashtanga Yoga. The course takes place at regular intervals. Accommodation for students is included in the fees.
Best Yoga teacher training course in Mysore
If you feel yoga empowers you and want to become a yoga teacher, Indian yoga school offers the best yoga teaching training course in India. Below are some of the best yoga teacher training courses in Mysore which will be instrumental in developing your skills as a Yoga teacher.
This 200-hour Yoga teacher training course from Indian. Yoga School includes ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama meditation yoga Nidra, and a lot more. The duration of the course is approximately a month. The course also includes an excursion to nearby tourist spots.
The 300 hours Yoga teacher training course in Mysore by Indian Yoga School is focused on ashtanga Vinyasa, and Hatha Yoga Vinyasa in Iyengar style and contemporary yoga methods which will be beneficial in increasing your overall knowledge about yoga. The course fee starts from 2000 USD and includes accommodation and healthy yogic dinner.
This course focuses on studying the details of Ashtanga yoga. It covers 200-Hour Yoga TTC and 300-Hour Yoga TTC. This course designed by Indian Yoga School focuses on important concepts of yoga and important techniques about Yoga.
Who is this Yoga for?
Ashtanga Yoga is tough. For beginners, this form of yoga can be defeating. In this form of yoga, injuries are common even for seasoned practitioners. It generally takes 5 years of rigorous practice before you can master this form of yoga. Though Ashtanga yoga is not suitable for everyone, once mastered, this is one of the best forms of yoga which is known for balancing both the physical as well as emotional aspects of one’s life.