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Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

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Devanagari scripture
Devanagari learning game Devanagari learning game

The Devanagari Game - learn how to read Sanskrit texts in the original version!

Play and learn all Devanagari letters at the same time. In doing so, you will soon be able to read the ancient yoga source texts in their original Sanskrit versions.

Ashtanga Yoga
Traditional Practice Series Traditional Practice Series

Traditional Practice Series: All traditional Ashtanga practice series

Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The traditional practice series with detailed descriptions of the individual movements including the vinyasa count. Systematic learning steps help you get a deeper understanding of this powerful Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The traditional practice series with detailed descriptions of the individual movements including the vinyasa count. Systematic learning steps help you get a deeper understanding of this powerful and dynamic yoga practice supported by your breath.

Transliteration of Devanagari
Transliteration Tool Transliteration Tool

Transliteration Tool

This tool allows you to easily change the transliteration of single words or even entire texts. This is particularly helpful when you want to produce Devanagari script or Roman script with diacritical marks. With the copy&paste function, you can then This tool allows you to easily change the transliteration of single words or even entire texts. This is particularly helpful when you want to produce Devanagari script or Roman script with diacritical marks. With the copy&paste function, you can then enter the generated words or texts in a word processing program of your choice.

Philosophy
Source texts and Sanskrit Source texts and Sanskrit

Source texts and Saṁskr̥t: Study the ancient sources of Yoga

Gain a direct access to ancient texts of wisdom and mantra. Dive through them deep in yoga tradition. - with some Saṁskr̥t your journey may begin!

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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

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.

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.

Devanagari scripture
Devanagari learning game Devanagari learning game

The Devanagari Game - learn how to read Sanskrit texts in the original version!

Play and learn all Devanagari letters at the same time. In doing so, you will soon be able to read the ancient yoga source texts in their original Sanskrit versions.

Source texts and Sanskrit
Mantra 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 Sanskrit
Sanskrit Pronunciation Sanskrit Pronunciation

Saṁskr̥t pronunciation – Meditation. Precision. Lucidity.

The sound of the Saṁskr̥t language has an deep effect on our mind. It's conscious articulation can become a meditation on sound. Mantras and slokas will reveal their lucid beauty.

Source texts and Sanskrit
Hatha Pradipika Hatha Pradipika

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 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!

Transliteration of Devanagari

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 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 Sanskrit
Yoga-Sutra Yoga-Sutra

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.

Sanskrit Pronunciation
Plosives Plosives

Plosives

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 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).

Sanskrit Pronunciation
Vowels Vowels

Vowels

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 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 Sanskrit
Upanishads Upanishads

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.

Sanskrit Sandhi

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.

Source texts and Sanskrit
Sanskrit Grammatik Sanskrit Grammatik

Saṁskr̥t Grammatik: Einige wichtige Regeln

Wenn Du Saṁskrit magst und Dir die Grammatik manchmal Fragen aufgibt, findest Du hier einige Hilfen. Hier möchte ich mit Dir nach und nach die wichtigsten Regeln der Sanskrit Grammatik teilen.

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