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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:


Retreat selbstgemacht

1 Woche im Ashtanga Yoga Institute und in der zweitschönsten Stadt Deutschlands. Wer die Dinge gerne selbst in die Hand nimmt und sich abseits von den üblichen Retreat Angeboten seine innersten Wünsche erfüllen möchte, der sollte nach Ulm kommen und sich sein eigenes Ashtanga Yoga Innovation Retreat zusammenstellen. Dieser Artikel gibt Tipps, wie, wo und warum ein Retreat in Ulm und um Ulm herum eigentlich obligatorisch sein sollte.

Philosophy and Tradition

No Change?

Ashtanga yoga is known to be extremely challenging and structured. Nevertheless, it leaves room for development. A conversation about tradition and innovation, about misunderstandings and typical Western thinking towards Ashtanga yoga, with teachers Ronald Steiner and Janosh Steinhauer.

Understanding Yoga Therapy

Why strength deserves more attention

For many yogis, stretching seems to be the only way to release tensions. But what precisely is it that causes muscular tensions in the first place?

Understanding Yoga Therapy

Take a deep breath and relax

Nothing counters stress better than taking a few deep breaths into your belly. Into your belly? How is that supposed to work? With the help of the diaphragm, our most important respiratory muscle...

Understanding Yoga Therapy

The right twist for a healthy back

In Germany, back pain is one of the main reasons for sick leaves and even applications for a pension. No surprise, then, that back pain is also one of the most frequent reasons to start practicing yoga.

Inspiration for your practice

Yoga? - But I'm too old for that...

... as if! A join-in workshop including the sun salutation. All you need to participate: a chair



So sieht Yoga in Deutschland 2013 aus. Der Photograph Wari Om hält in Berlin bekannte Yogis im Bild fest, während Babeck Bodien dafür Musik komponierte.

Understanding Yoga Therapy

A blessing for your knees

As our most complex joint stabilised mainly by ligaments, the knee is particularly prone to chronic misload and overstrain. Most injuries and pain in the knee resulting from yoga practice could be avoided, though.

Understanding Yoga Therapy

What precisely is being stretched here?

You might already have tried one of those 'hip-opening' exercises so popular in yoga. If yes, did you feel a stretch on the outside of your hip, deep under the superficial muscles of the buttocks and ask yourself which muscles precisely were being stretched? And why relaxing this part of the body felt so particularly good?

Philosophy and Tradition

The origins of Ashtanga Yoga (Part 1/3)

»Never changed anything« – was Pattabhi Jois's standard reply when asked by pupils where the type of yoga he taught came from. Pattabhi always referred to his teacher T. Krishnamacharya, who, by his own account, had taught him everything and whose knowledge he passed on in an unchanged form.

Philosophy and Tradition

The Founding Fathers of Ashtanga Yoga (Part 2/3)

In almost any German city, there is by now at least one school that inscribes itself in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga. This yoga style shaped to such a great extent by Pattabhi Jois has also found a home in several other Western countries.

Philosophy and Tradition

A vivid tradition (part 3/3)

Ashtanga Yoga practice is characterised by both a universal tradition and regional as well as individual differences. Up to a certain degree, many practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga feel at home in the world.


Yogapiano Vorführung auf der Yoga Expo in Stuttgart

Ronald Steiner (Yoga) und Andreas Loh (Piano) bei der Yoga Expo Stuttgart am 12.04.2013.

Philosophy and Tradition

The yoga treasure vault

When you have already spent some time on the yoga journey, you might ask yourself at a certain point whether you might now feel "advanced". In an interview with the YOGA JOURNAL Ronald Steiner, author of the book "Yoga für Fortgeschrittene“ (Yoga for Advanced Practitioners) written in cooperation with fellow yoga teacher and author Anna Trökes, answers this question and explains how a deeper understanding of yoga can be achieved...


Interview in the EYU Conference Zinal 2012

Zinal ist Zentrum der Gelassenheit in dieser Woche. 400 Hobby und Profi Yogis kommen hier zum Europäischen Yogakongress zusammen. Der Stundenplan umfasst Praxis, Schulungen und Konferenzen. Dieses Video bietet einen Einblick eine der renomiertesten Yogaveranstaltungen.

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