Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of Yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927.
There is a beautiful science to the Ashtanga system, which this tumblr is meant to celebrate.
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at the cusp of the lunar new year, i realize it is not about reaching ends nor breaching beginnings, but building the strength to keep transitioning through the constant shifts of our lives, year in year out.
What does Ashtanga Yoga actually mean? Ashtanga means eight limbs and without each of these limbs it is not possible for yoga to happen. Don’t get carried away by asana - it is only there to stabilise your body and mind.
“We need to be aware of these principles and conduct ourselves in a yogic way.”
For decades, I hated my body. I didn’t understand how it worked. It seemed to be actively conspiring against my happiness, existing in total disconnect from my mind. Day-to-day physical operations like opening aspirin bottles and windows or simply not walking into walls eluded me. I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was 16; I couldn’t do puzzles or tie a double knot. To this day, I can’t tell my right hand from my left.
"Popular perception sees it as some sort of stretching that has a vague Indian origin. But at its core, yoga is about easing the fluctuations of the mind, a process that also happens to involve healing the body. The philosophy goes as follows: When you’re in pain or otherwise unhealthy, you get distracted. Physical suffering reduces mental clarity. The practice of hatha, or physical, yoga exists to alleviate that suffering at its roots, so you can move through the world in a happier, calmer way."