ashtanga at the shala
Traditionally, ashtanga is taught Mysore-style, where students work one-on-one with a teacher. the practitioner is given postures according to a rhythm that respects his/her individual abilities and requirements, with a strong emphasis on the integration of breath and movement (vinyasa). this particular approach to yogasana has gained a rather undeserved reputation as prohibitively difficult. however, the practice can be as gentle or as challenging as one chooses. when practiced correctly and consistently, this subtle and vigorous yoga brings strength and flexibility to the body, and clarity and steadiness to the mind.
As practitioners and teachers of Ashtanga, and as owners and directors of an Ashtanga-based studio, we feel it is important to address the allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct made against K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga. We believe survivors and stand in solidarity with those who have been traumatized by his actions, whether directly or indirectly, and wish to honor their requests for repair.