Ashtanga Yoga

Linda talks about how she was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga and the founding of AYP with her husband, Gerald.

Yoga Shala at 40 Av. de la Republique 75011 Paris

Gérald Disse and Linda Munro who are senior teachers founded Ashtanga Yoga Paris in 2004. Gérald started yoga in 1989 and Linda in 1995. They specialize in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and train their own team of teachers to assure a high level of quality, coherent, intelligent and compassionate teaching. We teach Ashtanga Yoga in the traditional way, called Mysore Style, as well as led Ashtanga classes for all levels. In addition, we offer Vinyasa classes, which is also a dynamic system of yoga āsanas deriving from Ashtanga, Yin Restorative yoga for those who prefer a practice more static and classes of Pranayama (specific breathing exercises).

Yoga is a traditional form of yoga which was taught by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Linda and Gerald were the first in Paris to establish an Ashtanga school which offered a full program of Mysore style classes. Linda started teaching traditional morning Mysore in Paris in 2002 and when Gerald moved to Paris from India (where he was one of the first French men to be a direct student of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois with whom he studied 8 years) they established Ashtanga Yoga Paris together in 2004. They now offer a complete program of Ashtanga for all levels from beginners to advanced and a team of inspiring and skilled teachers whom they’ve trained over the years.

We approach the Ashtanga Yoga practice in a unique way, paying close attention to alignment in order to do the postures safely with a profound inner awareness. This adds a therapeutic aspect to the yoga where one can learn to heal themselves; helping to correct previous injuries, mend emotional wounds or simply maintain a healthy body and mind.

This method of dynamic yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures, a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.  The Ashtanga Yoga system places equal emphasis on strength, flexibility, and stamina.  Through regular practice of the physical postures of Ashtanga Yoga, personal insights begin to manifest.  We become aware of what we put in our bodies and how we interact with the world around us; growing our ability to concentrate fully and live a healthier, more contented life. If one dedicates oneself to this practice it will change that person’s life, and possibly those close to them!

In addition to our daily classes we offer an annual teacher training, workshops, pranayama and private yoga sessions. If you’d like to take the feel of the studio with you on the road, our yoga podcasts allow you to recreate the bubble of peace wherever life may take you. We are continuing to add to our library of Pod Casts to keep your practice fresh and inspiring even at times when you are not able to make it to the yoga studio!

Ashtanga is the Sanskrit word meaning “eight limbs” each limb is part of the progressive path to self-realization.  The eight limbs of ashtanga yoga as described in the yoga sutras by the sage Patanjali are:

  • Yama: self-restraints
    (ahimsa/non-harming, satya/truthfulness, asteya/non-stealing, brahmacarya/controlling sexual desire, aparigrahah/greedlessness or taking only what is necessary)
  • Niyama: observances
    (sauca/cleanliness or purity, santosha/contentment, tapas/austerity or self-discipline, svadhyaya/self-examination, Isvara pranidhana/surrender or devotion)
  • Asana: physical practice of yoga postures
  • Pranayama: breath control exercises
  • Pratyahara: control of the senses
  • Dharana: concentration
  • Dhyana: meditation
  • Samadhi: self realization or absorption

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