Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic style which links the postures to a full, rhythmic breathing. It produces an internal heat and a purifying sweat which detoxifies muscles and organs. The practice is designed to improve circulation, and to develop a light and strong body and a calm mind. The focus is on ujjayi breath (audible breathing) and bandhas (locks) to generate heat and retain energy.
The Ashtanga system is modelled on the eight limbs of Patanjali; the emphasis is on
the correct performance of the third limb (asana or posture) as a means of realising all the limbs, including Samadhi. Sometimes people overlook the other limbs, especially as a beginner, but further practice encourages students to look into the whole practice of yoga more deeply, and integrate all the limbs. The body is challenged so that it can be still at the end of the practice for breathing exercises (pranayama) and relaxation. Then the mind is still, instead of jumping from one thought to another.
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All Ashtanga classes are teacher assisted Mysore self practice style. This is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and this class creates the perfect environment for developing a personal practice. Teacher assistance encourages independence and a greater awareness of form and correct sequencing as students progress.
“If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter – if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.”
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
“One percent theory and ninety-nine percent practice” ~~ “Do your practice and all is coming”
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
“Your friends have all noticed that since you’ve been practicing yoga, you are composed, vibrant, full of grace, taller, radiant, bendy, vivacious, full of peace, determined, high, detoxed, smiley, really breathing, full of party tricks, more kind, more tolerant (except in winter), pleasant smelling, lighter, stronger, familiar with your feet, and talking about how great yoga is all the time.”