Many people come to yoga with the Asana (Yoga Postures) part of the practice in mind. If you are new to yoga, it's likely that you have seen yoga classes which seem to be a group of people doing yoga poses.
While most classes at Yoga East do include the Asanas, it's always taught in context of all of the "eight limbs": Yama (relationship to others), Niyama (Self Purification/Study), Asana (Yoga Postures), Pranayama (Breath Control), Pratyahara (Sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana(meditation), Samadhi (contemplation). Ashtanga is Sanskrit for 8 limbs.
Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient method of Yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) of Mysore, India. Guruji started the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in 1948 www.kpjayi.org , and many of Yoga East's teachers have studied there.
The method is taught as a sequence of classical Yoga postures linked together by synchronized breath movement (vinyasa). The method utilizes deep breathing (Ujjayi), concentrated eye gazing (Drishti), and energetic seals (bandha) to increase inner heat for purification, circulation and elimination of toxins.
Regular practice is recommended for a healthy body and balanced mind. Yoga East can help students of all physical abilities access the Ashtanga Asanas.