Ashtanga Vinyasa 

Ashtanga yoga is a traditional system of yoga that is over one hundred years old.  This system relies on the succession of knowledge from teacher to student.  The teacher has the responsibility to pass down the knowledge as it was taught to him/her, to teach with noble intentions and an open heart.  The student has the responsibility to strive to understand and practice the teachings. 

It is important to acknowledge that Ashtanga can be practiced by everyone whether young or old, strong or weak.  The format is always the same. The class begins with Surya Namaskars (sun salutations) and ends with Padmasana (lotus) and rest.  As each individual learns the practice, more poses are introduced, gradually lengthening the practice. This system of yoga cultivates a personal and safe practice.

The three components of Asthanga yoga are vinyasa, tristhana and bandhas.  Vinyasa is the flow of sequence of poses with the breath.  Tristhana are the three places of attention: pose, breath and gaze.  Bandhas are the anal and abdominal engagements that helps the body feel steady, strong and light.

For an in-depth introduction of Ashtanga, the tradition and the components, visit 

Something to Smile about....   Yoga Ruins Your LifeThis one is a classic. Enjoy.

everyoneYoga Ashtanga Video  In gratitude to Sally Fanjoy for her love, dedication, compassion and love of ashtanga.  This video was her creation.  Thank you for capturing the beautiful energy.

Articles.. Interviews..Blogs

Ashtanga Picture Project - This website is a place for sharing information about Ashtanga through blogs, pictures, and community.

Love Your Anatomy This website offers a wealth of information.  You can find articles on alignment, anatomy, injuries and philosophy.  

Tim Scribbles - Tim Feldman offers his insight on philosophy and asanas.  The articles are short but great stems for reflection.
The Confluence Countdown- This website is a blog that offers news from the Ashtanga global community, opinions and resources. 

      Anatomy Focus

Like your Ashtanga practice, begin to understand your own anatomy one pose, bone or muscle at a time.  The links below offer excellent sources of information.

Yoganatomy - David Keil offers articles on muscles, poses, injuries, breathing. 

Bandha Yoga  - This website offers several interesting sources:  anatomy for yoga tips (free e-book)and a pose viewer. 

Ashtanga Yoga Info
 -  Information on
philosophy and practice.  Practice sheets,
MP3 voice recordings on breathing, led
classes and mantras.

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Institute
Is this the Ashtanga mother land website?


The Asana Kitchen - David Garrigues offers
demonstration and discussion on ways to
advance your practice.

Kino Yoga - 
Kino MacGregor offers tutorials
on poses and discussion on philosophy.