Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Ashtangi Mean?

Ashtangi is the term used to describe someone who regularly practices Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. This may be their main type of yoga practice, or they may combine it with other styles and approaches, but generally the term is used to describe someone who prefers the regularity and discipline of a consistent Ashtanga yoga practice.

An ashtangi may practice Ashtanga yoga by themselves, in a self-practice, or they may attend Mysore style or led classes.


Yogapedia Explains Ashtangi

The way an ashtangi practices will depend on many factors, including their experience in yoga and the time they have available. However, the traditional Ashtanga yoga practice is a six days per week practice with days off on Saturdays, and the new and full moon days. Some female ashtangis take days off when they are menstruating, too. Most beginner ashtangis will not begin with such a frequent practice, but rather will build up strength and stamina gradually until they are able to practice more often.

Each day the ashtangi will follow the series of Ashtanga yoga that they are working on, up to the level they are at. Traditionally, five of the daily practices will be self-led or Mysore style, while the sixth will be led.

On Saturdays, some yogis choose to take a “castor oil bath,” which is intended to help the body recover after the week’s practice.

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