Ashtanga Yoga Center is a space dedicated to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga taught in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of the Krishnamacharya lineage. For detailed information about the practice, please visit Pattabhi Jois’s official website at www.kpjayi.org.
The practice consists of a sequence of postures that integrates breath, posture, and gaze and is taught at various levels, based on the needs and abilities of the student.
The integration of breath and movement creates internal heat which purifies the body and increases blood circulation. This process of detoxification brings the experience of enhanced health and well-being, improving overall quality of life.
The key to experiencing the fruits of this method of yoga is regular practice over time. As time passes, the body becomes strong and flexible. Balance and mental awareness are increased. As toxicity leaves the body, the mind becomes calm and relaxed. Together, we reach a deeper understanding of the human experience.
Serving the entire Outer Banks area including Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, Duck, Southern Shores, Wanchese, Hatteras, and Ocracoke.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
The term Astanga refers to the eight limbs of yoga, which are described in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. They provide a practical way of living happily in the world while gradually moving one’s consciousness inward. -Nicholai Bachman“Ashtanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga.” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
- Yama – social ethics “restraints”
- Niyama – personal ethics “internal restraints”
- Asana – posture, sitting
- Pranayma – breath regulation
- Pratyahara – internalization of the senses, “drawing back”
- Dharana – focus, concentration
- Dhyana – maintaining a focus, meditation
- Samadhi – complete absorption