New Ashtanga Studio Is Poised to Reinvent Yoga in Greenwich Jois Yoga, dedicated to Renowned Late Pattabhi Jois, Now Open for Students

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New Ashtanga Studio Is Poised to Reinvent Yoga in Greenwich Jois Yoga, dedicated to Renowned Late Pattabhi Jois, Now Open for Students

"In today's frenetic, fast-paced world, we are pleased to offer an oasis from busy days and stressful events," said Sonia Jones.

Greenwich, CT may seem like miles away from Mysore India, but when noted philanthropist Sonia Jones and the family of the world famous Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga Yoga, open the doors of their new Shala later today, India might seem right around the corner. The Shala, or studio, will feature Ashtanga Yoga classes for beginners to long time yoga practitioners and be the showplace for the new Jois Yoga collection of apparel and accessories.

Jones, wife of financier Paul Tudor Jones, credits Mysore Ashtanga Yoga and its founder, Pattabhi Jois, to saving her life in the early 1990s. Since then she has become a devoted follower of Ashtanga, Pattabhi Jois, and his family. The newly renovated building that houses the Greenwich studio is located at 8 Dayton Avenue in Greenwich. Beautifully bathed in sunlight, the vaulted ceilings and expansive windows create the perfect space to align body and spirit. It follows the success of studios in Encinitas, CA, and Sydney Australia

"In today's frenetic, fast-paced world, we are pleased to offer an oasis from busy days and stressful events," said Sonia Jones. "Inspired and built upon the principals of our honored Pattabhi Jois, we are excited to announce the opening of a new kind of yoga in Greenwich, and to welcome the community to experience our offerings."

The Ashtanga or “eight limbed” yoga method taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his successors focuses first on the practice of asanas in order to establish health, to correct imbalances, and to strengthen the system, thus stabilizing the body and mind. It is considered the modern day form of classical Indian yoga and is noted for its adherence to a series of yoga movements (or vinyasas), deep breathing and meditative gazing. This can lead to a light and strong body and a clear, peaceful mind, a foundation that leads to personal transformation and a greater awareness of spiritual potential.

Classes are self-led at the practitioner’s individual pace with the instructor guiding each individual through the poses when necessary. Each Ashtanga teacher at Jois has been trained directly by members of the Jois family at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. That training requires many years in order for an instructor to receive a teaching certificate from the Institute. Ashtanga has gained popularity through the years as a steady stream of celebrities have discovered its benefits. Madonna, Sting, and Gwyneth Paltrow have all incorporated Ashtanga Yoga into their fitness regimes.

The grand opening week will feature Primary Series led classes by Sharath Jois, the grandson and successor of Pattabhi Jois. During these one and half hour classes Jois will lead the students through the Primary Ashtanga Yoga Series along with his mother, Saraswathi. Sharath will lead participants through each breath and movement while giving adjustments and assistance to students as necessary. When taught in this rhythmical and steady nature, the students are brought into unison reinforcing the use of the vinyasa method, central to Ashtanga Yoga practice. Students who attend these classes should have some prior experience with Ashtanga Yoga.

The studio schedule will also include Mysore classes every morning from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as other classes throughout the day and evening.

This venture marks the beginning of what Jones and Jois family hope is the continued expansion of Ashtanga into the USA. As yoga has grown in popularity over the last few decades and proliferated into the lives of Americans, The Jois family feels that now is the time to further spread the spiritual ideas and practices of Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga. The family has also established a foundation, the K.P. Jois Foundation. Its mission is to spread Ashtanga Yoga based upon the teachings of Pattabhi Jois to children and young people around the world. The Jois Foundation provides grants, instructor training, clothing and equipment, information and curriculum for underserved public school systems.

To learn more about the new Jois Yoga studio please contact them either by email, greenwich(at)joisyoga(dot)com, telephone, 203-340-9196 or visit http://www.joisyoga.com.

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