Feel energy, stillness, balance, distress, freedom
Ashtanga primary series is the first sequence of yoga that was brought to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It is recommended to more experienced students, due to the fact that it is typically fast-paced, vigorous and physically challenging.
Students are encouraged to breathe deeply in Ujjiay pranayama as they move from pose to pose, while their gaze or “dristi” is focused on certain parts of the body.
Ujjayi pranayama involves the vibration of the throat, creating what we call the ocean sound which has amazing benefits of the endocrine system and especially the thyroid gland.
Each series is a set sequence of asanas, always in the same order.
Ashtanga refers to the 8-limbed paths described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. “Astha” is the number eight and “ang” means limb.
The 8 Limbs of Yoga
YAMA - Restraints, moral disciplines or moral vows. They are 5
Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence; Satya truthfulness; Asteya or no stealing; Brahmacharya or control of the senses; Aparigraha (non-coveting) urges us to let go of everything that we do not need, possessing only as much as necessary.
NIYAMA - Positive duties or observances.
ASANA - Posture.
PRANAYAMA - Breathing techniques.
PRATYAHARA - Sense withdrawal.
DHARANA - Focused concentration.
DHYANA - Meditative absorption.
SAMADHI - Bliss or enlightenment.
Different from Ashtanga and Bikram which are fixed form, this kind of yoga offers a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike. Like hatha, vinyasa is a general term that describes many different styles of yoga. It essentially means movement synchronized with breath and is a vigorous style based on a rapid flow through sun salutations. “Vinyasa flow “refers also to the continuous flow from one posture to the next using the breath.
Vinyasa & Ashtanga
Vinyasa and Ashtanga have both physical and mental benefits. Physically, both help to gain strength and deep flexibility of the major joints particularly shoulders, wrists, hips, ankles, toes, knees.
The sweat releases toxins and re-energizes the bodies.
Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes the chatter of the mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout our bodies.
The result is to feel energy, stillness, balance, distress, freedom.