Ashtanga Vinyasa system of yoga is a dynamic form of yoga synchronizing the breath with a
progressive series of postures. Sage Pathanjali who enlightened from the path of Yoga described the
eight aspects of Yoga as limbs of a tree.
Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
|Niyama||Self-purification and study|
|Pratyahara||Withdrawing of the mind from the Senses|
|Samadhi||The state of Enlightenment|
This form of yoga was first introduced to Southern India by Sri Tirumalai
Krishnamacharya. This great sage and yogi travelled to the Himalayas in the year 1916 to learn
yoga. There he met his guru Sri Ramamohan Brahmachari and spent seven and a half years with
Krishnamacharya was first invited by the King of Mysore to teach Yoga in Mysore. A small
auditorium was provided in Sanskrit University college of Mysore. Yoga legends B.K.S. Iyangar,
K.Pattabi Jois, B.N.S.Iyangar , Indra Devi & Krishnamacharya’s son TKV Desikachar were his
After Krishnamacharya moved to Madras (Present chennai) he left the School to his senior most
students K. Pattabi Jois & B.N.S .Iyangar to continue teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore.
Jaiprakash, who is the main faculty at the Mystic School Practiced under B.N.S Iyangar for 16 years
and has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga at the Mystic School since 2006.
Shashi who holds black belt in Karate also practiced Ashtanga for 6 years and his passion towards
Breathing and Meditation led him to focus on Pranayama, Meditation self study and teaching.
Evaluation of how the Traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system is integrated into
the TTC at the Mystic School.
We are no longer living in the era of Sage Pathanjali who lived about 5000 Years back nor the
Krishnamacharya era of the 19th century.
Contemporary modern man’s conditions and lifestyle are different to those of previous generations.
For harmonious development of human consciousness and its multi-dimensional development,
keeping in mind overall well-being, we need to simultaneously work on the body, mind, emotions
and the spirit of man.
The Ashtanga TTC at the Mystic school places equal emphasis on Asana, Pranayama, Meditation,
Anatomy and Philosophy.
Morning Ashtanga Primary Series class starts at 5.45am with much focus on self practice and
learning the series. Afternoon class focuses on in-depth understanding of individual poses and
At 8am to 9am students are introduced to Pranayama, the Yogic breathing practices that work
towards bridging the body-mind towards meditation. The practice starts with basic breathing and
works right through to advanced Kumbaka, (breath retention), and Bandas (internal locks)..
Pathanjali Yoga Sutras, (Aphorisms), two hours for two weeks
Yoga Sutras of Pathanjali succinctly outline the art and science of Yoga meditation for self-
realization. It is a process of systematically encountering, examining and transcending each of the
various gross and subtle levels of false identity in the mind field, until the jewel of the true Self
comes shining through.
When Patanjali codified, or compiled the Yoga Sutras, it was not that a new system was created, but
rather, the ancient practices were summarized in an extremely organized and scientific way.
Anatomy and Physiology classes, two hours for two weeks
The limitations of the body must be respected for progress in asana. To understand the basis of
these physical limitations anatomy provides the answers. Bones, muscles and tissues have various
inherent properties relevant to physical strength and flexibility. In fact the riddle of the many and
varied asana can be comprehended by knowing which areas of the body are being targeted by the
different poses. By studying the articulations of the body the different types of movements possible
can be understood.
Meditation classes at 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
The entire Eight Limbs of the Patanjali system are also sometimes referred to as Dhyana or
the meditative path, although strictly speaking, only the last four limbs constitute meditation
Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharana, and Samādhi. The preceding steps are only to prepare the body and
mind for meditation. Meditation starts by being separate from the mind, by being a witness. That is
the only way of separating ourself from anything.
Many meditative techniques require one to sit still and silent. But for most of us accumulated
stress in our body-mind makes that difficult. Before we can hope to access our inner powerhouse
of consciousness, we need to let go of our tensions. Active Meditations have been scientifically
designed by Osho for the contemporary man.
Every saturday during the course there will be a teaching of basic Ayurveda, the oldest Indian
medicine as well as its approach to a healthy diet.
This comprehensive approach helps students to mould themselves as future
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