Ashtanga Yoga in Wollongong
Wednesdays 9.30am with Alyson, Wednesdays 5.45pm with Phoenix. Health Fund rebates available.
Ashtanga yoga at the Wellness Centre Wollongong Studio involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of asanas (postures) aimed to encourage internal heat and purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. This combination results in improving circulation as well as developing a light and strong body with a calm mind.
Attention in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is placed on the breath and the journey between the asanas rather than just on achieving correct body alignment in an asana which is emphasized in Hatha yoga.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (also known as Ashtanga Yoga) is a style of yoga deveolped and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois. Pattabhi Jois began his yoga in 1927 (at 12) and by 1948 had established an institute for teaching the specific yoga practice known as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga named after the eight limbs of yoga mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Ashtanga yoga literally means "eight-limbed yoga," as noted by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali states that the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following 8 practices:
- Yama (moral codes)
- Niyama (self-purification and study)
- Asana (posture)
- Pranayama (breath control)
- Pratyahara (sense control)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (meditation)
- Samadhi (absorption into the Universal)
“To begin the practice of yoga, an aspirant should first do the Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations), and then proceed to the asanas. The Surya Namaskara and the asanas must be practiced in the correct sequence and follow the method of vinyasa. If they are not, or the movement of rechaka and puraka is neglected, no part of the body will become strong, the subtle nadir will not be purified, and, owing to the resulting imbalance, the body, sense organs, mind, and intellect will not develop. They may even become further imbalanced.
If the asanas and the Surya Namaskara are to be practiced, they must be done so in accordance with the prescribed vinyasa method only. As the sage Vamana says, ‘Vina vinyasa yogena asanadin na karayet (O yogi, do not do asana without vinyasa).’ When yoga is practiced with a knowledge of its proper method, it is quite easy to learn, but practiced without such knowledge, it becomes a very difficult undertaking, Therefore, aspirants should not forget to learn the method of vinyasa, as well as of rechaka and puraka, and to follow it in their practice.”
~ From Yoga Mala (Sri K.Pattabhi Jois)
"Yet Yoga as a way of life and philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with an inclination to undertake it, for Yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion". Shri K Pattabhi Jois, Yoga Mala 1962
Read more on Ashtanga at Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute website
Class Timetable can be found HERE
Qualified Ashtanga Yoga teachers
Priscilla started her yoga journey doing hatha yoga just with the intention of getting back into shape after having given birth to her second child in 2001. On and off for a few years, she would do yoga for a few months then not at all. That was until in 2006, she studied Sivananda and Ashtanga yoga with Bela Lipat, a totally committed teacher and student of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy Jois. Inspired, Priscilla practiced, practiced and practiced. In 2007, she completed a 200 hour certification in the Ashtanga tradition with R. Alexander Medin, one of the select few authorized by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga. Priscilla has been practicing and teaching yoga since then. She believes that yoga is not just about the poses. But the method with which one does his asanas opens up paths to beauty, truth, peace, love, and the divine. It’s up to the student where he/she wants their practice to lead up to.
Alyson Johnson (Wednesdays 9.30am)
Alyson began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2001 under the guidance of Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher - Eileen Hall at Ashtanga YogaMoves in Sydney.
In 2006 she began a three year mentorship with Authorised Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher - Fiona Pullen. Alyson is very grateful to Fiona for this unique opportunity which gave me over 1200hrs of training experience under senior teachers such as herself, Paul Frechtling, Deb Grant and on several occasions, Mark Robberds. Towards the end of her mentorship with Fiona Alyson was teaching and/or assisting 5 days a week at the school and lived and breathed Ashtanga yoga.
In 2009 Alyson spent a month in India practicing under the guidance of Sharath Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore. Alyson regularly attends classes and workshops with Eileen Hall and with visiting teachers: Sharath Jois, Manju Jois, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Mark Robberds.
Phoenix Jarvis (Wednesdays 5.45pm)
A keen Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher having his 200hr Asthtanga Vinyasa training in Abhijna Yoga School Kerala India. Phoenix is certified with Yoga Alliance Australia. A youth grade Football player and surfer who is also currently studying Mathematics and Finance at the University of Wollongong. Phoenix teaches a traditional primary series Ashtanga Vinyasa class each Wednesday at 5.45pm.