Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
ASHTANGA means 8 BRANCHES
VINYASA means SYNCHRONISATION of MOUVEMENT & BREATH
YOGA means that THE SPIRIT HAS REACHED A STATE OF FREEDOM
These are key elements of the practice.
This method is an ancient system of yoga. Its roots come from the city of Mysore in the south of India.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a yoga practice, based on very dynamic and stimulating asana sequences, which combines the principles of the eight Ashtanga members of Patanjali, and the development of T Krishnamacharya and K Pattabhi Jois.
With regular practice, and when the three components (Tristana) are in harmony, synchronized with movement and breathing through the sequences of postures, the yogi (sadhaka) enters the seventh part of Ashtanga Yoga, meditation (dhyana), then to arrive in a state of yoga. In order to regain its integrity.
The traditional mode of practice is called the MYSORE STYLE.
Mysore Style & Led Classes
The practice of MYSORE is an authentic teaching method, welcoming both beginners and advanced students who practice side by side at the same time, each developing their practice at their own pace.
We offer our students personalized discreet instruction and adjustments according to their level, their constitution and their understanding of the practice. Our studio is a place for individual practice within a group that will help you develop your confidence and your independence.
We also offer LED CLASSES for those who already have a certain level of experience. During these sessions, our teachers will guide students through the series of postures from start to finish without interruption. This allows students to develop fluidity and rhythm that can be difficult to find when practicing Mysore exclusively.
Ashtanga yoga is a system composed of 6 sequences of ASANAS (physical postures) designed to build physical and mental strength in order to obtain spiritual strength.
To achieve this, we work with 3 places of action and attention POSTURE (Bandhas) - BREATHING - LOOKING (Drishti, direction) which brings harmony to unity called TRISTANA.
The Ujjayi or victorious breathing technique consists of PURAKA (inspires) and RECHAKA (expires). Both the inspiration and the exhalation must be stable and stretched to the same length and the same intensity, as it must inhabit the whole body. Over time, the length and intensity of breathing should increase. This stretching of the breath triggers the increased stretching of the body and the strengthening of the nervous system.
In a Mysore style practice, the postures are gradually introduced according to the ability of the student.
By practicing regularly, the student gradually builds STRENGTH, STABILITY AND FLEXIBILITY.
The first Ashtanga series was designed to realign and detoxify the body. The intermediate series has a significant impact on the nervous system. Most students get all the benefits of the first two rounds, and only a few go to the advanced rounds. All levels of practice will lead to a greater degree of comfort.
YOGA CHIKITSA (the first series) is named yoga therapy known for DETOXIFICATION & ALIGNMENT.
NADI SHODANA (the intermediate series) helps in the PURIFICATION OF THE NERVOUS SYSRTEM.
STHIRA BHAGA A, B, C & D (the advanced series) promotes SERENITY & DIVINE STABILITY.
The 8 branches
These first 5 steps support or provide the basis
for the last 3 and are sometimes called external support or
These are ethical principles and good attitudes.
The 5 Yamas are:
Interior purification (awareness of conditioning)
Ahimsa: non-violent thoughts.
Satya: truthfulness, sincere consideration.
Brahmacharya: becoming aware of sexual energy.
These are the observances in daily life.
The 5 Niyamas are:
External purification (awareness of action).
Shaucha: pure actions.
Santosha: acceptance, satisfaction.
Svadhyaya: the study of sacred texts.
Isvarapranidhanani: surrender to the divine.
Physical purification (body awareness).
Subtle purification (awareness of subtle energy, prana).
The movement of Manas (conditioned mind) inward (conscious use of the 5 senses).
Concentration of Buddhi (individual intellect) in and out of Manas.
State of Being (meditation).
Identification with the Purusha (pure consciousness) totality, liberation.
Structure and Natural Alignement
Stability and Mobility
The Softness and Power of Water
Rhythm and Equilibrium
Stability and Freedom
A Window to Subtlety and Open Space
Patience and Tranquility
Poise an Centeredness
Harmony and Expansion into Essence
Union of Spiritual and Human Nature