Our Ashtanga program is much more than yoga classes; it's a community of individuals transforming themselves, day by day.
The Ashtanga system is designed to purify the body, promote proper functioning of the digestive system, build strength, and restore range of motion to the body. The method of practice taught in Ashtanga Yoga relies on linking postures with deep, even breathing and steady gazing with the eyes. The system of linking the breath with movement is known as vinyasa and encourages the blood to circulate properly allowing the removal of unwanted toxins. The gazing point with the memorized vinyasa sequence helps to facilitate a state of meditation, having a profound effect on the steadiness of the mind.
Ashtanga Yoga is not only an intimate and personal way of practicing yoga, it is also the most traditional, time-honored, and historic method. Ashtanga is based in Mysore, India, the city where our teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived and taught for decades until his passing. Now his grandson, Sharath Jois, and daughter, Saraswathi Jois, continue the traditional teaching in Mysore.
Our teachers at Cityoga have trained with authorized instructors thereby connecting them directly to the original Ashtanga lineage.