Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the traditional style of Hatha yoga popularized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India, (1915-2009). It has its roots in an ancient text called the Yoga Korunta, written by Vamana Rishi. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his guru, Rama Mohan Brahmachari. It was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927.
In Ashtanga , we thread together Suryanamaskara (sun salutes), Standing Postures, Balancing postures, Seated postures, Vinyasa, and inversions to create a healing yoga practice. We unite our breath (pranayama), with our gazing points (drishti), and locks (bandhas) to guide us in a movement meditation. I observe all postures from all series of ashtanga vinyasa yoga. ALL LEVELS
Sri T. Krishnamacharya studied Classical Hatha and Vinyasa Krama before Ashtanga. Vinyasa Krama is the marriage of breath and postures united together like a dance meditation. One works on the posture to receive medicine and then receives a counter posture. This is just as much of a science as it is a healing art. I make sure we hone in on bandhas, breath, and gazing points to keep our meditative practice flowing. I observe all postures from classical hatha yoga and ashtanga series.
All Classical hatha postures are utilized in Yin Yoga. Yin is about deep surrender, letting go to the unknown, and self acceptance. This is primarily a seated yoga practice where we passively release through postures (1-10 minutes) to effectively unwind all connective tissue. Connective tissue releases differently than muscle tissue.It is also said connective tissue is the physical highway for our energy channels. Each energy channel aides in healing the body. While we are meditating on increasing our range of motion with the assistance of breath practice, we are guiding each other with steadiness and comfort (sthira and sukha) , working on sense withdrawal (pratyahara), and concentration (dharana). I make sure that each practice is tailored to each person with their imbalances.
” YOGA SUBSCRIBES TO THE NOTION THAT DEEP WITHIN US THERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS ALSO VERY REAL BUT, UNLIKE EVERYTHING ELSE, IS NOT SUBJECT TO CHANGE. WE CALL THIS WELLSPRING PURUSA OR DRASTR, MEANING ‘THAT WHICH SEES’ OR ‘THAT WHICH CAN SEE CORRECTLY’.”