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"Ashtanga Yoga is 99% transpiration - and 1% explanation"

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

All you need for your 99% practice of Ashtanga Yoga - and certainly also the 1% theory: Dive into the details of the traditional series of Asana, as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. But you will also find forms for a therapeutic approach to them. Join us for online yoga classes, learn about innovative alignment and philosophy. Our yogi finder will help you finding your way to a teacher nearby. Best to start with the most popular pages on AYI.info:

The AYI method


"Pure for Sure!"

A proverb from Mysore (The city where Ashtanga comes from)

Tradition and Innovation can form a team: We help you gaining always new perspectives on traditional Ashtanga Yoga. Therefore we have been active for you. These articles and online yoga classes are brand new on AYI.info:


Palatal plosives

These are plosive consonants which are formed palatally, i.e. as the word indicates at the palate.


Retroflex plosives

These are plosive consonants which are formed in a retroflex way (i.e. with the tongue rolled back).


Dental plosives

These are plosive consonants which are produced dentally (i.e. at the teeth).



Half vowel, half consonant. Although semivowels are not produced with pressure of plosive sounds, they also do not form independent syllables in the way vowels do.



Sibilants and aspirates which are produced by a close contact at the place of articulation and the resulting friction.



When several consonants follow each other, they are linked to form one single letter. Even though these links appear quite artful and can differ from handwriting to handwriting, they still follow certain rules.


Umlauts and vowel modifications

Diphtongs (umlauts or vowel mutations) are combinations of the basic vowels a, i and u. In this case, an a or ā is put in front of an i or u.


Labial plosives

These are plosive consonants which are produced labially (i.e. at the lips).



Of course, there are also figures in Devanagari script. Learn here how to read and write them.


"m" or Anusvara (ṁ) as a final sound

As a final sound, "m" adapts to the succeeding word as a nasal sound (Anusvara, ṁ).

Traditional Practice Series

Ashtanga Yoga Advanced A series: Sthira Bhaga - for advanced only

Ashtanga Yoga for advanced practitioners: 35 tough Asanas of third series (Advanced A) play with gravity. The reward: Sthira Bhaga, sublime serenity.

Traditional Practice Series

Nadi Shodhana (Sodhana): the intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga

Familiar with the primary series? - intermediate Series, also Shodhana Nadi (Nadi Sodhana), opens with 40 yoga asanas, an energetic dimension of Ashtanga Yoga.

Traditional Practice Series

Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: yoga chikitsa (cikitsa)

Learned the basics? Now add primary series, Yoga Chikitsa (Cikitsa), in the middle of your Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice - one by one you will learn 41 asanas.

Traditional Practice Series

The finishing sequence: The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice ends

The finishing sequence rounds off each and every Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. These 16 Asanas are practiced systematically and provide a harmonious flow of energy.

Traditional Practice Series

Six standing poses become fundamental positions for Ashtanga Yoga

Yoga for beginners and advanced: Six standing positions compose, just after sun salutations, the fundamental positions for the Ashtanga Yoga practice.

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