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...]
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...]
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...]