AShtanga Yoga

What is Ashtanga?

Ashtanga Yoga is one of the oldest yoga methods and a very powerful, dynamic and athletic yoga style. The linking movements between the positions (asanas) are fast and demanding for body, balance and concentration.

 

Ashtanga Yoga not only keeps you physically fit but also helps to find peace of mind and improve your health. This type of Yoga is dynamic and ideal for people who like sports, but also want to relax. The physical practice in Ashtanga Yoga is flowing and dynamic. The system not only promotes stamina and flexibility, it is also stimulating and invigorating. A disciplined and sensitive mind living in a healthy and flexible body leads to well-being, inner freedom and happiness.

 

In Ashtanga Yoga we train the body first, so that it can optimally support the mental processes in meditation. As the practice reduced pain and suffering, the mind is less irritated or disturbed, and the yogi can concentrate on the spiritual goal of self-knowledge and self-realisacion.

 

But there is more to that then physical exercises. For example, the breathing exercises (pranayama) have many beneficial effects. They can reduces symptoms of illnesses and assist in healing processes. If you like to learn more about this, have a look at my book: Practice Manual Pranayama.

The practice

The Yoga practice focuses on the postures and the linking movments (vinyasas) between them, which will get your cardio-vascular system going. The blood circulation is stimulated, pain is relieved, the internal organs are activated and blockages are solved. This frees energy in your whole body, cleans and strengthens it. The conscious breathing (ujjayi) and concentration on your inner being are indispensable. An Ashtanga Yoga practice usually involves the same order of asanas, and thus requires continuity and discipline.

I teach classical Ashtanga Yoga, following the guidance of Patanjalis Yoga Sutras. In beginner classes I use elements of Hatha and Vini Yoga to prepare the students physical and mentally for the more demanding practice of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga.