Ashtanga Yoga, not to be confused with Ashtanga vinyasa Yoga which was popularized by the famous Ashtanga yoga teacher Sri Pattabhi Jois, is a prescribed 8 limbed system of living that is said to lead an individual along the spiritual path towards self-realization and liberation. “Ashtanga,” in Sanskrit translates to “8 limbs”, or “8 branches,” and in this case refers to Yoga.
The 8 limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga was originally defined by the great Sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras and is composed of the following limbs: Yama and Niyama (ethical guidelines), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Pratyahara (drawing the senses inward), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (oneness).
Learning to live life according to Ashtanga Yoga requires great discipline and sincere dedication on a continual basis. However, when one is able to live accordingly, they will live life to their fullest potential and are guaranteed optimum health, happiness and peace of mind.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a system of hatha yoga training which was recorded in an ancient manuscript titled the Yoga Korunta. The Yoga Korunta was said to have contained many groupings of asanas (which later became known as the various Ashtanga vinyasa series) as well as very detailed information about vinyasa, drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy. These series have become very popular today after Sri. K. Patabhi Jois shared them with the world.
Our Ashtanga vinyasa yoga teacher training retreats include in depth study of the Primary Series. Our teacher introduces students to one posture at a time, slowly building up through the primary series to ensure students are always safe while training and take great care to focus on proper alignment methods. If you would like to learn more about Ashtanga Yoga Varkala training and the ashtanga vinyasa method, then we invite you to join one of the 200 hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training retreats at Suddha Anand Yogshala in Varkala, Kerala.
We are located in a tropical beach town of the Southern state of Kerala. Kerala is one of the most westernized states and a very safe place for yoga training.