Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and vigorous form of Hatha yoga. It offers a series of poses, each held for only five breaths and punctuated by a half sun salutation to keep up the pace. You can either attend a regular class or the more traditional Mysore style.

Mysore style Ashtanga yoga is taught one-to-one in a group setting. Students turn up at any time within a three-hour window to do their own practice as taught by their teacher. You go at your own pace, on your own breath.

Ashtanga Yoga was passed down through ancient gurus to Sri Krishnamacharya. He later passed it onto Sri K. Pattabhi Jois who taught it to thousands of students in Mysore, India and popularised it in the West disseminating it globally from 1964. Ashtanga Yoga can be characterised by its use of 'vinyasa', the synchronisation of breath with movement, and its energetic, dynamic form. It is more strenuous than other systems of yoga. An Ashtanga class is effective in flushing away non-constructive self-practice habits, such as a wandering mind, losing the connection with the breath, or fidgeting between postures.

 

PRIMARY SERIES

Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga that consists of the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Series of pre-defined sequences. The Primary series must be mastered before taking on the other Series where the postures often become more advanced. But the Primary series is a yoga system practitioners can stick with and use for many years or a lifetime.

 

The Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga is known in Old Indian Sanskrit as “Yoga Chikitsa” which means yoga therapy. It is a healing process of cleansing and toning for your body, mind and the senses. The understanding in yoga is that there exists within the body a complex network of energy pathways known as “nadis”. The energy that flows through these nadis is an unseen life force called “prana”. When the nadis get blocked prana cannot flow freely through them and the body, mind and senses become blocked, unbalanced and unhealthy. This yoga practice cleans and clears the nadis allowing prana to flow and energise all of the body. With fewer obstacles to confront, the body, mind and senses are allowed a more fertile environment in which to function thereby operating at the utmost level of efficiency. The postures are arranged in a time-tested sequence designed to specifically align the body and strengthen the nervous system. Many practitioners of Ashtanga yoga have found the Primary Series to be an invaluable tool to assist them in their healing process, whether it is mental or physical. With any healing process you must be patient; allow your practice time to mature and you will see the results!

 

THE FIVE ELEMENTS

Ashtanga yoga combines just five elements: vinyasa (movement and breath), asanas (postures), drishtis (gaze points), bandhas (locks)and ujjayi breath (a breathing technique). Ashtanga yoga begins to lead the practitioner towards enlightenment through starting the eight-fold path through its initial stages of purifying the practitioner.

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Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga Classes

  • Facilitates faster physical results than other system of yoga: transforms the physical body to become strong, flexible, toned and elongated

  • Creates physical lightness, increasing lean muscle mass and reducing body weight

  • Helps to regulate weight because it maintains a balanced metabolism

  • Stretches muscles lengthways causing fat to be eliminated around the cells, reducing cellulite

  • Increases muscle strength

  • Helps maintain good posture

  • Improves joint movements

  • Increases the health of the spine and the whole nervous system

  • Improves blood circulation and cardio health and improves the productivity of all the bodily organs

  • Improves respiration, energy and vitality releasing energy blockages throughout the body making you look more youthful  

  • Causes the student to physically heat up and sweat out toxins, purifying and re-energising their body

  • The practitioner learns to control the mind and cease the chatter 

  • The synchronised breathing with movement calms the mind dissolving anxiety 

  • Depression, anxiety and stress are relieved

  • Mental balance, contentment and happiness develop

  • It induces a high level of concentration and mental clarity

  • Yoga becomes a spiritual practice when there is focus on the breath and mental attachments are forgotten

  • Self-realisation transpires

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