An introduction to the Ashtanga Yoga method

Follow this link to an overview of the lineage and fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga.

Ade’s Yoga writings

Follow this link to a series of blog type offerings from Ade on a variety of yoga related issues.

Ade’s Teachers

Nancy Gilgoff –  www.ashtangamaui.com – Nancy was one of the first westerners to study with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in the 1970’s.  She is based in Hawaii but teaches workshops around the world including the UK. I’ve made many trips to Maui to to work with Nancy for extended periods since first meeting her in 2004.  I am extremely grateful to her for a wide range of insights shared in the yoga room and on her front porch.

Sonia Moriceau –  Sonia was a truly inspiring teacher of the way of mindfulness based in Herefordshire.  She died in May 2013 but remains a daily presence and inspiration to me. The community that developed around her and her partner Ad Brugman continue to run regular teaching programmes and retreats at the Orchard .

Annie Pace – www.anniepace.com – I met Annie for the first time in 2015 and was deeply impressed by her sincerity and commitment to ‘living her practice’.  If time and resources allow a trip to the beauty of the wilds of southern Colorado you will not be disappointed.  Go find her!

Although not somewhere I have chosen to study myself, it would be remiss not to mention the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, which, since Gurujji’s passing in 2010, is run under the directorship of his grandson Sharath.  Although a very different place today compared with the early years of Nancy’s studies, this institute remains a focal point for the Ashtanga Yoga lineage.

Recommended reading

Try ‘How Yoga Works’ by Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally and ‘The Wisdom of Yoga” by Stephen Cope.  Both are great introductions to the full scope of yoga practice presented in an easily accessible way.

Ashtanga series diagrams

John Scott’s beautiful series sketches are available from – http://www.rebeccawaldenyoga.co.uk/3.html

Ashtanga practice – opening and closing chants

Follow this link to translations, explanations and audio files about the chants used to open and close the Ashtanga Yoga practice.

Inspiration

For the sheer joy of movement – http://youtu.be/AGrDhtUqXp8

All in a morning’s practice – http://youtu.be/YeEOPif8WXE

Gurujji in action – http://youtu.be/vbO2YLI8Lfk

Danny Paradise –  http://youtu.be/6znJ91egAN4