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...]
In the Ashtanga Yoga system, the First or Primary Series is performed by all beginners and also intermediate and advanced students on Fridays. There is a designated day of the week to practice each of the six series and Friday is the day for Primary.
Primary Series is known for it's hip-openers, forward bends, full and half lotus positions. There are many repetitions of chaturanga, updog and … [Read More...]
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Maria Villella talks about her first Yoga class, developing a consistent practice and why you should think about how you'll feel AFTER you practice.
Maria on her first Yoga class.
My first yoga class was an Ashtanga class. I went into a studio and I asked the women who was there, I said, “You know, I’m interested in maybe trying Yoga. I’m not sure if that’s what … [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...]