Traditional Teachings of Mysore, India
Ashtanga Yoga is the origin of most of what we call yoga today
Rooted in India, this traditional lineage of yoga has a rich history, culture, and knowledge base that differentiates it from the typical offerings seen today.
The sequences are taught in a standardized progression, guiding the student through a journey that is just as much physical as it is mental and energetic.
Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient lineage that reaches back to the Indian sages who lived in the Himalayan caves, removed from society and devoted to the ascetic arts.
In the early 1900s, Sri T. Krishnamacharya went to the mountains, learned yoga, and brought his teachings back to India.
The practice, which had disappeared from society, slowly gained popularity.
Krishnamacharya's student BKS Iyengar founded his yoga school in Pune, India, while Pattabhi K Jois preserved Krishnamacharya's teachings as he learned them.
KP Jois established these teachings as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, and taught in Mysore, India until his recent death. His grandson Sharath Jois now leads the school and is the guru of the
Ashtanga Yoga lineage.
My introduction to Ashtanga Primary Series was in 2010, when I began taking weekly led Primary classes and exploring other yoga styles during the week.
I began practicing Mysore-style Ashtanga, daily, in 2013, while I was living in Washington, DC. I later met Faith Scimecca, who was blessed by Pattabhi Jois, and began practicing Ashtanga with her every morning.
My time with Faith was really special: I would practice with her, after all the other students had left. It was a daily inspiration to see her practice, and learn just from being with her. She taught me how to give postures and adjustments. Spending time with her, and hearing stories of her guru and practice, has been a true blessing.
Now, in New York City, I practice Second Series daily at dawn.