"The essence of yoga is to come in a more holistic harmony with yourself. Therefore, yoga is therapy"
Ashtanga yoga is often described as a more traditional and athletic form of yoga and the yoga postures are guaranteed to make body and mind stronger and more flexible so you can face the challenges of life.
Ashtanga yoga is a great way to obtain a strong and flexible mind and body. Ashtanga yoga is the most active form of yoga where the practitioner is in a constant flow between the postures, this flow is called Vinyasa.
Ashtanga is composed of various series of asanas which makes classes all over the world fairly familiar and makes it easier for you to remember the yoga practice at home. The series is not just a sequence of postures but seeks to synchronise the postures with the breath as the breath is central to enhance the immune system and obtain control over our mind. A deep and calm breath equals a deep and calm mind.
The Eight Limbs
Ashtanga yoga is more than a physical exercise, in fact, it is a lifestyle where one dedicates themselves to consciousness and right behaviour. Ashtanga originally means "eight limbs" and refers to the eight components that compose Ashtanga yoga as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Namely; Yama (how we relate to others), Niyama (commitments to ourselves), Asana (the postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (absorption).
In the yoga classes at Earth Yoga, we mainly practise the asanas and pranayama but we aim to guide people to live the good life by supplementing the asanas with other services such as coaching and food therapy.
Traditional Ashtanga yoga has been passed on by the parampara concept, meaning that direct, experiential knowledge has been passed on from teacher to student. Teachers certified from the KPJAYI in India are directly passing on the knowledge from Pattabhi Jois, the man who popularised Ashtanga yoga in the West, and his family.
"Surrendering to the lineage of Astanga Yoga is to enter a river of teachings that has been flowing for thousands of years, a river that masters, past and present, have followed into an ocean of knowledge and wisdom"
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