ashtanga at the shala

Ashtanga yoga is a precise, therapeutic method of yoga well-suited to students of all ages, skill levels, and states of health. the word “ashtanga” translates as “the eight-limbed path,” which is described by patanjali in the yoga sutras.

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.

A statement about K. Pattabhi Jois.

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. 
Pattabhi Jois was our teacher, and we learned so much from him. We are holding the truth of our experience alongside the truth of the harm experienced by others. The conflict created by this contradiction is something we are continually wrestling with. We are forever grateful for having received the teachings of Ashtanga Yoga and feel strongly about providing a safe, respectful environment for its continued practice. We care deeply about our students and are committed to working with our community as we figure out how to move forward within this tradition while repairing and preventing harm wherever possible.
We want to engage in a thoughtful, open dialogue about this important and painful aspect of Ashtanga’s history, and encourage you to share your own questions, feelings, and concerns. Contact us at info@theshala.com.