Ashtanga Yoga

“Mala is a sanskrit term that means garland. In India, there are many different kinds of malas. There are japamalas, made up of sacred beads strung on a thread which are used in prayer for counting and keeping focused on the repetition of a mantra. There are pushpamalas, which are garlands of vivid flowers, smelling of jasmine and other scents, that are strung in the form of wreaths and offered in worship to deities in homes and temples. Sri K Pattabhi Jois offered another kind of mala, which is ancient in tradition, as sacred as a prayer, and as beautiful as flowers. His mala is a garland of yoga, in which each vinyasa – the coordination of breath and movement – is like a sacred bead to be counted and focused on, and each asana is like a fragrant flower strung on the thread of the breath. Just as a japamala adorns the neck and a pushpamala adorns the gods, so too does this garland of yoga, when diligently practised, adorn our entire being with peace, health, radiance, and, ultimately, self-knowledge.”
- Eddie Stern

“If we practise the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter – if we practise it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood toward the Self.”
- K.Pattabhi Jois