The Sun Salutations of Ashtanga Yoga
In Ashtanga Yoga, two variations of the sun salutation sequence are performed at the beginning of a practice or class right after the recitation of the Ashtanga Yoga Mantram (opening prayer). Each variation is usually done five times.
Surya Namaskara A (nine vinyasas)
~ Samasthiti ~
Inhale: Hands up
Exhale: Fold forward into Uttanasana
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Each inhale and exhale during the practice of Ashtanga Yoga's sequences of postures is performed with a deep, resonant sound created at the back of the throat. This is called "Ujaiyi Breathing" and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois describes this method of inhaling and exhaling as "breathing with sound".
The Breathe is the Key
Attention to the breath is an essential technique in the Ashtanga Yoga method. Sri … [Read More...]
Ashtanga Yoga classes are either "led" or "Mysore-style". In led or "conducted" classes the teacher calls out every asana and vinyasa and may give some general verbal instructions. Ashtanga workshops and seminars often follow this format because it works well for large groups of students.
The majority of Ashtanga Yoga classes follow the format of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois's daily classes … [Read More...]