Ashtanga Yoga is characterised by its therapeutic and progressive set sequences of postures. In the Vinyasa method taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the postures are combined in a series which vary in difficulty and effect. The Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) is therapeutic, detoxifying and aligning the body. The Intermediate Series (Nadi Shodhana – Nerve Cleansing) continues this but goes deeper, purifying the nervous system by opening and cleansing the energy channels (nadis). The Advanced Series (Sthira Bhaga ) works still deeper, integrating strength and grace through higher levels of flexibility and humility. At Ashtanga Yoga Rovaniemi, we teach the traditional Mysore Style wherein each student is taught individually as part of a group and practices up to a point in the sequence according to their ability and experience, and as the postures are given by the teacher.
Advanced and beginner students practice side by side within the same class. New poses are given by the teacher as the student becomes ready. The teacher gives hands on adjustments to assist students with alignment and to move deeper into poses. Mysore style classes give yoga practitioners the chance to focus on the rhythm of their own breath, synchronizing it with movement and postures in a meditative way.
The teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois are being carried forth by his grandson R. Sharath Jois, who is the Director of the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, and his daughter, Saraswati Rangaswamy. For more information, visit them at www.kpjayi.org