Sanskrit word "ashtanga" refers to eight levels that, according to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras correspond to eight different practices - methods to control the mind and purify the inner being: yama (moral rules), niyama (self-purification and personal observances), asana (body postures), pranayama (breathing control), pratyahara (control of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (contemplation).
In the beginning, the focus is on everyday practice of asanas in order to make the entire body and the senses more flexible, which represents the precondition for the stability of mind. The techniques of Ashtanga Yoga are categorised within six different series and each of them should be learned correctly and in the right order before attempting to learn the next one.
The accent is on the vinyasa, a specific system of breath and movement that creates warmth, causes inner purification and improves blood circulation. Important elements comprise the position (asana) with contractions (bandha), breathing (ujjayi) and focal points (drishti), which should be synchronised.
Also called Guruji by his students, he had been passing on the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga for more than seventy years and represents one of the most significant yogis of the twentieth century. Vairagya Ranko stayed at his Ashtanga Yoga Institute at Mysore, India for the first time in 2008 and spent two months there. That is when he started his training with his grandson Sri R. Sharath Jois, current director of Shri K. Patabbhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore (KPJAYI), and his daughter Sri Saraswati Rangaswami.
The director of Ashtanga Yoga Instituta in Mysore. As the grandson of Pattabhi Jois and the son of Saraswathi Rangaswamy, he became familiar with the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga in his childhood. Until the age of fourteen, he learned all asanas of the first and the second series. Since the age of nineteen, after finishing his intensive practice, he would regularly assist in the shala of his teacher and grandfather. Nowadays, he generously passes on the knowledge obtained in such way. His sincere dedication to practice and teaching are inexhaustible sources of inspiration.
After completion of training with her Guru Swami Satyananda in India in late seventies, she established Satyanandashram Greece and started spreading the teachings of her Guru and teaching yoga in accordance with his method. She lives in her Ashram near Athens and often travels not only around Greece but also to the Balkan countries and all over the world, teaches at seminars and lectures, inspires and spiritually leads thousands of people to the way of self-knowledge and yoga.
Our dear teacher, Vairagya Ranko, authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher Level 2, has participated at Paramguru Sri R. Sharath Jois Workshop in Stockholm between 8th and 13th of August, 2017.
To see selected photos from this extraordinary workshop click HERE.
Our dear teacher, Vairagya Ranko, authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher Level 2, has been a guest teacher at wonderful Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Max Czenszak. The Retreat took place in Antoniow, Stara Kamienica in Poland, between 30th of July and 6th of August 2017.
To see selected photos from this awesome retreat click HERE.
Summer Ashtanga Yoga workshop with our dear teacher Vairagya Ranko, authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Level 2, took place at Pilio, Greece, between 19th and 26th of June 2017.
Mysore Classes were held every morning, whereas Led Class was held the last morning, prior to departure. Afternoons were dedicated to lectures about the elements, theory and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga, discussion, questions and answers, Pranayama, Chanting, Mantra and Meditation.
The participants were accommodated at Hostel Katerina at Papa Nero beach, Mouressi, Pilio, Greece (www.papanero.com).
To see selected photos from Pilio summer workshop click HERE.
We are very pleased because our dear guests Laruga Glaser and David Fredriksson held a three days' workshop at Ashtanga Yoga Shala Belgrade between 9th and 11th of June 2017.
We had the opportunity to practice with them at morning Mysore classes, to enjoy afternoon led class, as well as to gain new knowledge about vinyasa and backbending at the workshops.
To see selected photos from the workshop click HERE.
We have received some great news from Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Vairagya Ranko Stoiljković has been authorised for the Second Level by Sri Sharath Jois, the director of this Institute that represents the only entity in the world with the empowerment to issue this type of certificates.
At Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Belgrade we have had a great pleasure and honour to participate in the workshop of amazing Laruga Glaset and attend her lectures and classes. Throughout the seminar that lasted for four days Laruga Glaser shared with us her knowledge about vinyasa and back-bending, held a led class and assisted during morning Mysore classes.