Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
This method of yoga was developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1915 – 2009) at his Ashtanga Research Institute, Mysore, South India.
The current heads of this Yoga are Guruji’s daughter Saraswati and his grandson Sharath. The practice consist of surya namaskara (sun salutations) A; surya namaskara B; standing postures; sitting postures and inverted postures; a short sitting sequence follow by relaxation. The uniqueness of this yoga is its foundation in vinyasa (breath movement system) where each movement is guided by the breath. We move through a series of yoga poses (asana) in a steady sequential flow using ‘ujjayi’ breath. On arriving to a particular pose it is held for 5 breaths before transitioning through a specific series of movements to the next pose which again is held for five breaths and so on. After some practice one no longer has to think about which posture is next then, This yoga then begins to culminate into a moving meditation.
In Ashtanga Yoga the body moves, continuously swirls, while the mind and the breathing remain irremovable, in a deep and constant rhythm. This dual situation of movement and immobility is what creates the sense of "flow". A situation where the mind becomes the “observer”, and thus extends its limits and potential. This practice has many benefits and can be practiced by everybody.
Physical & Mental Yoga Health Benefits
- Reduces the impact of stress
- Increases coping skills
- Increases vitality and overall ABUNDANCE
- Improves the health of your joints
- Improves strength and flexibility
- Improves immune system function
- Can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases
- Strengthens the cardiovascular system
- Improves digestion, metabolism, hormone production
- Alleviates depression and anxiety
- Increases feelings of health and wellbeing
- Promotes weight loss and weight regulation.
- Improves athletic performance in all endeavors
- Greater sense of clarity and concentration
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a fantastic & amazing practice Requirements A Yoga mat (mats are available). Loose clothing allowing good freedom of movement. Try not to eat at least 90 mins before class. Let teacher know of current ailments or weak areas Please note: This yoga is unsuitable for pregnant women, people with injury or those who like their activity on the less energetic side