The Importance of an Authorized Mysore Teacher

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Lineage – Practice with a teacher authorized by K. Pattabhi Jois to fully embrace the practice.

The internal forms of Ashtanga yoga using bandhas, mudra and dristi with ujjai breathing are the pinnacle of Tantric technique brought to light in the broad clarifying context of Patanjali’s yoga philosophy and the non-dualism of the Upanisads. This traditional approach is recognizable in Hindu and Buddhist contemplative traditions as well as in the direct experience the practice uncovers.

These living lineages come to us directly through T Krishnamacharaya and K. Pattabhi Jois drawing the potent thread of yoga into the present from thousands of years since its formulation in Ancient India.

The current series in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system were developed by T Krishnamacharaya around the internal principles of vinyasa found in the ancient Indian text, the “Yoga Kurunta”. He instructed his student K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India to master and to use these series in teaching the Ashtanga Vinyasa system.

Richard Freeman

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