Ashtanga Yoga holds an important place in Jivamukti lineage. It is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), one of the three main gurus (teachers) to to Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon & David Life.
The influence of Ashtanga Yoga can be found in Jivamukti Yoga’s emphasis on transmitting knowledge through hands-on assists and Sanskrit scripture.
Jivamukti New York also offers an Ashtanga Yoga program, which consists of daily Mysore Style Ashtanga classes and Led Ashtanga Classes.
Mysore Style Ashtanga is an elegantly designed sequence of breath-initiated postures, taught individually in a group setting, the way it is taught in Mysore, India by the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois family. As students learn and internalize the sequence, mastering challenges and following the pace of their own breathing, they are taught new postures as appropriate, and their practice is deepened by sensitive hands-on adjustments from the teacher. There is a quiet, meditative serenity in the practice room that enhances this process. Although the sequence is universal, its approach may vary according to specific needs. This creates the opportunity for a tailored practice typically only offered through private lessons, with the benefit of the energy, community, and shared cost of a group class.
This class covers the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, counted with the traditional vinyasa as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. The class will be led through half primary (navasana), after which the teacher may determine a natural stopping point for the majority of the class. If this occurs, students who know the full primary series and wish to practice further may complete their practice “mysore style”, with assistance from the teacher, while the others will be guided through the traditional closing poses.