Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
ASTAU = 8, ANGA = LIMBS
ASHTANGA YOGA is the classical system of yoga as codified by the sage Patanjali. In the Yoga Sutra Patanjali describes his eight-fold path of classical yoga, which, when practiced systematically and continuously, leads the practitioner to enlightenment. Asana, or bodily postures, is the third step of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.
HATHA YOGA is a school of classical yoga that utilizes the human form as the vehicle to achieve Self-realization. Stemming from the Tantric movement, Hatha yoga aims to merge with Cosmic Consciousness by training and cultivating the body through bodily postures, breath control, cleansing techniques and meditation. The Hatha yogi views the body as a temple of the Divine and physically prepares it to withstand the ascent/descent of Spirit.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa is an approach to Hatha Yoga as taught by Krishnamacharya to his disciple Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. This dynamic and flowing style of yoga quickly builds strength and flexibility in the physical body. The characteristic ujjayi breath helps to release physical and emotional tension. The bandhas, or internal energy locks, work deep within to direct the energy flow up the spine. The term VINYASA signifies coordination of movement to the breath. In Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga the flow of the breath leads the practice.
There are 6 series in this approach to Hatha yoga – the Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced A, B, C and D. Each series consists of a set number of asana arranged in a strictly defined sequence. Each pose is held for 5 deep ujjayi breaths, allowing for a gentle opening and releasing of tension over time and with regular practice. Practicing the same series of asana reduces the reliance on the teacher’s instruction and allows the student to draw their attention inward. Over time the practice becomes a moving meditation – a dance with Spirit.
General Hatha Yoga
General Hatha yoga classes are suited for people who prefer a slower and more static practice. The Hatha yoga classes that I teach remain true to the Krishnamacharya lineage, and are inspired by the teachings of both Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar. There is no set sequence of asana for any particular class. Although I remain close to the flow style of my Ashtanga Vinyasa training, these classes allow for longer exploration of the postures and more frequent periods of inactivity. Props are often used for correcting body alignment and for deepening of the postures. The breath remains an integral part of the physical practice and the bandhas are utilized for directing the flow of energy up the spine.
I offer group and individual yoga instruction. Please refer to my schedule for more information.
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