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...]
Inhale: Jump through and lay down with your feet together. Exhale.
Inhale: Come up into Sarvangasana (literally "all limbs posture" but also known as Shoulderstand). Hold for ten breaths.
Exhale: Lower … [Read More...]
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
Inhale: Head … [Read More...]
These asana are performed after Surya Namaskara A and B, and before a series (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced). When practicing Intermediate and Advanced Series, Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana and Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana are usually omitted.
The Fundamental Asana
Padangusthasana: 3 vinyasas
Padahastasana: 3 vinyasas
Utthita Trikonasana A and B: 5 vinyasas
Utthita Parsvakonasana A and B: … [Read More...]