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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:

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"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:

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.

Traditional Practice Series

Surya Namaskara B - the second sun salutation in Ashtanga Yoga Pratice

Surya Namaskara B extends the flow of first sun salutation. Here we continue the Ashtanga Yoga practice with five repetitions, each consisting of 17 movements.

Traditional Practice Series

Surya Namaskara A - Sun Salutation A- Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Surya Namaskara A - the first sun salutation –performed in five rounds at the start of practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Its nine movements are shown here with pictures and text.

Source texts and Mantra

Collection of Yoga Mantras

A mantra is a sacred verse or sound. Recited or chanted in Sanskrit, it symbolically conveys the spiritual dimension of yoga. The word-by-word translations and commentaries will offer you a conscious and profound access to yoga philosophy.

Source texts and Mantra

Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika – The Candle of Hatha Yoga

Svatmarama brings light into the darkness of Hatha Yoga. At least this is what the title of his book, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or "The Candle (or Light) of Hatha Yoga", promises. Start your journey to the roots of Hatha Yoga dating back to the 14th century with the original Sanskrit text and a word-by-word translation with a commentary. Illumination included for free!


Indian scripts

The ancient yoga source texts were not only recorded in Devanagari but also in a great number of other Indian scripts. With ISO 15919, all sounds used in Bengali, Gurmuki, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Singhalese can be represented in the correct pronunciation using Roman letters.

Source texts and Mantra

Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra – the Guide of Yoga, with translation and commentary

The four chapters of Patanjali's Yoga-Sutra in a new, commented word-by-word translation by Dr. Ronald Steiner. Get a new perspective on yourself with the help of this 2000 year-old guideline and fundamental source text.



On the articulation of a plosive, built up pressure is released by a sudden release of air. In Sanskrit, plosives are ideally pronounced sonant and aspirated from guttural (k,kh,g,gh), palatal (c,ch,j,jh), retroflex (ṭ,ṭh,ḍ,ḍh), and dental (t,th,d,dh) to labial (p,ph,b,bh).



On the articulation of a vowel, air streams out almost unimpededly. In Sanskrit, vowels oscillate, either as long or short vowels, from guttural (a,ā), palatal (i,ī), retroflex (r̥,r̥̄) and dental (l̥,l̥̄) to labial (u,ū). The umlauts (vowel mutations) (o,au,e,ai) are always long.

Source texts and Mantra

The mystical yoga teachings of the Upanishads

The first philosophical roots of yoga can be found in the texts of the classical Upanishads, which are about 2,500 years old. This tradition of mystical yoga teachings continued in the later Upanishads until about 500 years ago.


Vowels as final sounds

According to this external Sandhi rule, vowels as final sounds merge with the next word if it also starts with a vowel. If the word starts with a consonant, there is no merger.



Im Sanskrit gehören Pronomen in das Nominalsystem. Sie können folglich nach Geschlecht (Genus), Fall (Casus) und Anzahl (Numerus) dekliniert werden.


Cheat sheets for the Ashtanga yoga series (PDF)

The perfect cheat sheet to place next to your yoga mat: Asana sequences in a small and practical format for downloading and printing. These cheat sheets contain photos of the fundamental poses as well as pictures of the first, second and third Ashtanga yoga series.



PDF files to learn Devanagari, the classic Sanskrit script. Have fun practicing!

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