Ashtanga Yoga Shala is dedicated to the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga - as described over 2000 years ago by the great sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga is a comprehensive eight-step evolutionary program designed to transform a human being physically and mentally by reducing dis-ease, pain and stress and by increasing health, peace and happiness - leading ultimately to the highest realization of the Self. Since we live in such polluted and unnatural environment - for most people this means starting with healing the body.

Asana Practice - Mysore Style

Asana practice is healing, strengthening and purifying - a perfect antidote to the modern lifestyle which causes so much physical and mental stress. Yoga can alleviate many common ailments such as headaches, insomnia, back pain etc.. It also purifies the body of toxins, increases vitality and brings greater mental peace and clarity.

Pranayama - no class currently scheduled

Prana is vital energy which manifests as mind and breath. Pranayama increases the vital energy through controlling the breath while at the same time it brings calmness to the mind. Pranayama is the link between asana practice and meditation. Classes are recommended for all students.

Yoga Sutra Study - no class currently scheduled

Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is a work of 195 mostly very short statements. In addition to giving the most lucid description of Ashtanga Yoga - the practical path to the highest goal, the Yoga Sutra also explains what this goal is and what results from its attainment. Since the statements or sutras are so concise, a tradition of commentary has grown over the last 2000 years to elucidate the Sutra's meaning. These classes will explore the sutras one by one with reference to some of the most important commentators.

Yoga philosophy is concerned mostly with the science of mind or psychology: learning to understand and control the mind. Understanding yoga philosophy gives one a better orientation for practice as well as many practical yogic techniques that can be applied. 

What is yoga? Why practice yoga? What is the nature of mind? Is there anything beyond the mind? And what is the meaning of the goal of yoga - Samadhi? All these questions are addressed in the Yoga Sutra Class - open to all students. By donation.

Guy Donahaye has been teaching traditional Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga since 1993. He has trained extensively in India with Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and is one of a small number of students (the only one in Manhattan) to have received Advanced Teaching Certification from Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore.

The Ashtanga Yoga Shala was originally established in 1996 as the Bristol (UK) Branch of Guruji’s Mysore Institute and then re-located to New York in 1998.