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...]
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...]
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Maria Villella talks about her approach to physical adjustments in postures, keeping the ego in check while practicing, and how she modified her own personal Ashtanga Yoga practice when she was injured. … [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...]