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Puck Building, NYC 2001
This demonstration of Advanced Ashtanga Yoga asanas is given by Sharath Rangasawami in New York City in 2001. The following talk was given by Sri K Pattabhi Jois at the same event.

"Ashtanga Yoga method is universal, it is not mine or yours. That method is perfect, it is complete. Ashtanga Yoga is yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi - these are the eight steps which make up Ashtanga Yoga method. But first you take asana: "āsanaṃ prāṇasaṃrodhaś pratyāhāraś ca dhāraṇām, dhyānaṃ samādhir etāni ṣaḍaṅgāni prakirtita" (
śandilya) upanisads are telling: first you start asana, asanas are your foundation.

But when you practice asanas you also have to follow breathing system (vinyasa) and drishti. "Tristhānam avalokayet" - using these three it is possible to control your mind. If you exclude any one of these three, if you do asanas only for exercise, it is not possible to control your mind.

"yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ" - that means yoga is mind control. But if you want to get mind control you have to apply these three methods: breathing system, looking place and posture. If you follow these, your body, sense organs and nervous system will all be working well. afterwards your health will continue to improve and no diseases will come.

There are many asanas - 72,000 asanas. These asanas are curing many different diseases. But first you start with Suryanamaskar. Suryanamaskar is a prayer to the sun.  The sun is giving good health and Suryanamaskar is curing many diseases including heart disease. Afterwards many asanas are there - these cure many other diseases including what are usually thought of as incurable - such as diabetes and so on.

sri k pattabhi joisThis yoga is not for exercise. Yoga is showing where to look for the soul - that is all. Man is taking a human body - this is a very rare opportunity. Don't waste it. We are given 100 years to live, one day you have the possibility to see god. If you think in this way it is giving you good body, good nature and health." 

- Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Puck Building, NYC 2001.