Ashtanga Yoga is as in any spiritual practice, a practice to calm the mind. It is a dynamic practice with focus on the breath. We create heat through positions such as sun salutations, standing, seated and finishing postures (asanas).
The practice is a 6-day practice where 5 of those days are self-practice (called Mysore) and 1 day is led class. This way of practice Yoga makes it available and open for all people. Beginners as well as more advanced in the asana practice
To read more about the history and tradition of the practice please see KPJAYI Institute in India
To practice Ashtanga Yoga in it´s traditional way in Stockholm please visit the Mysore Program
Patanjali presents 8 parts (ash=8 tanga=limbs/parts) of the Yoga. The first part is our approach to our environment (yama) and the second one is our approach to ourselfs (niyama)
• Yama: Ethic rules towards our surrounding- Ahimsa (non-violence)- Satya (to be true)- Asteya (to not steel)- Brahmacharhya (intelligent use of our sexual energy)- Aparigraha (not take what is not mine)• Niyama: (lifestyle, the yogis own life rules)- Shaucha (cleanliness)- Santosha (contentment)- Tapas (disciplin, to do your practice)- Svadhyaya (self study through texts and mantras)- Ishvarapranidhana (surrender)• Asana: Body positions• Pranayama: Breath control• Pratyahara: Mental control. Turn senses inwards• Dharana: Concentration• Dhyana: Deep meditation• Samadhi: Total bliss