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...]
Named after the eight-limbs of yoga described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, Ashtanga Yoga is a method of practicing yoga postures and pranayama as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore India.
The Roots of Ashtanga Yoga
Sri K. Patthabhi Jois was born in 1915 on the Full Moon of July. Guruji, as he was called by Ashtanga students, passed away on May 18, 2009. Guruji taught six days a week in … [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...]
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...]