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. More specifically, some of the benefits of this practice are:

·        Detoxifies and aligns the body

·        Prepares the body for the advanced stages of breathing techniques and meditation

·        Reduces the excess fat in the body, increases flexibility, balance and overall strength, creates a strong and toned body

·        Improves blood circulation

·        Enhances the immune system function

·        Strengthens the cardio-vascular, respiratory  and digestive systems

·        Considerably reduces stress, anxiety and depression

·        Increases concentration and the capacity for self-knowledge

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. Ujayi breathing 

·         Increases the internal fire and strengthens and purifies the nervous system

·         It has a soothing effect and helps to relieve insomnia

·          In combination with Khechari Mudra revitalizes the body at the cellular level thus promoting health and longevity

Kundalini Yoga 

Brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini yoga combines breathing techniques, body locks, mantra, and postures that balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifies the body at the deepest level of the cell. 

 
The  Breath of fire purifies the bloodstream and the nervous system, energizes, stimulate and increases general vitality and well-being. 
 

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a more passive, meditative style of yoga in which the postures are held longer, targeting the deep connective tissues of the body and the fascia that covers the body. Yin yoga helps to regain/ maintain the flexibility in the joints which is usually decreasing as one ages. The yin practice helps to develop mindfulness by observing with detachment and equanimity the thoughts, feelings and emotions that arise while sitting still. As our emotions are stored in our bodies, yin yoga is a great way to let them surface thus cleaning our mind/body from the accumulated toxic residues. Moreover, yin yoga postures are activating the energetic meridians known from the Traditional Chinese Medicine, thus healing the internal organs and restoring the vital energy of the body. Some of the direct benefits of Yin yoga are:

·          Calms and balances the mind and body

·          Regulates the energy level in the body

·          Increases flexibility in the joints and connective tissues

·          Deepens relaxation

·          Helps coping with anxiety and stress

·          Improves the ability to sit for meditation

     



     

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      Yoga is the unlinking of the link with suffering and pain

      Bhagavad Gita 6.23

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