Ashtanga Yoga was founded by the late K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India who is famous for his saying ‘practice and all is coming’. Pattabhi Jois said that he learnt the practice from his teacher Sri T. Krishnamacharya, whose teachings are illustrated in our Viniyoga Asana I and Viniyoga Asana II yoga flash cards. Ashtanga Yoga is still currently taught by Pattabhi Jois’s family. In Mysore, by his grandson R. Sharath Jois at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and by his daughter R. Saraswathi Jois. His son Manju Jois, teaches in America.
The Ashtanga Primary Series is a dynamic vinyasa style practice, that can be more physically demanding than some other yoga styles. The vinyasas synchronise the breath with movement through a progressive set series of yoga postures. This helps to develop concentration, flexibility and strength, producing an internal heat which is designed to purify the body. For this reason the Ashtanga Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa in Sanksrit which can be translated as yoga therapy.