Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a spiritual ancient tradition transmitted through the great Sri T. Krishnamacharia and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The practice involves a dynamic sequence of set physical postures (asanas) in which the movement is synchronized with a deep breathing technique (Ujayi Pranayama), thus producing intense heat that detoxifies the muscles and the internal organs. The regular practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga leads to a vibrant physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy in Sanskrit) and has deep physical and psychological healing effects when practiced correctly and constantly.
Yoga is a spiritual path through which one can realize its own true nature. True yoga is practised with the intention to attain self-realization. The regular practice of Ashtanga Yoga prepares the body for the advanced stages of breathing techniques and meditation. Spiritual growth develops when one practices the yoga postures in a spirit of meditation and worship of divine consciousness. Although yoga offers some health benefits, the wise student should practise with the intention to attain the ultimate goal of yoga.
Ujayi Pranayama – ‘Victorious breath’ – it is a long deep breathing method that is performed thorough the entire practice. Technique: breathing only through the nostrils, inhale slightly contracting the glottis area in the throat, feel the air moving into the lungs and expanding the rib cage and then exhale all the air pulling the lower abdomen inward and upward. When performed correctly Ujayi breathing produces a sound similar to that of a sea shell and it induces a meditative state of mind.Ujayi breathing increases the internal fire, purifies the nervous system and connects the physical body with the subtle body.