Ashtanga Yoga & Ayurveda
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a series of āsana, interlaced with movements keeping a steady continuous flow throughout the practice.
"Vinyasa means breathing and movement system. For each movement, there is one breath.”
Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught in the “Mysore” style approach. The name Mysore comes from the actual city located in Southern India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived, studied, taught and raised his family for most of his life. Mysore is a supervised self practice where the āsanas (postures) are introduced and taught, one at a time for the student can easily memorize the sequence with both confidence and comfort, ultimately building the skills to move through the practice establishing a sense of empowerment, steadiness and calm.
“The format of the practice always remains the same; one always begins practice with Surya Namaskar, concludes with Padmasana and rest, and the various asanas gradually fill the space between these two poles. Learning yoga in this traditional manner benefits the student on many levels. It is possible for one to gain independence and confidence in their sadhana (spiritual practice), as well, something truly becomes one’s own when they learn it by heart. It is through the daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga that we draw it into ourselves, understand it, and become proficient in its methods, thereby reaping its wide range of benefits. For this to be accomplished, a slow, dedicated and patient approach is best.”
Quotations from KPJAYI
Ayurveda is Sanskrit (India's equivalent to Latin) and means "knowledge / science of life" or "knowledge of all living". Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest medical systems, approximately 5000-6000 thousand years old. It is regarded as a timeless health system. It originated in India and the Veda tradition and has evolved over thousands of years. Both Tibetan and Chinese medicine have their roots in Ayurveda.
The most famous part of Ayurveda in the Western world is the so-called tridosha theory, a theory that describes three dynamic energies, called Vata Pitta and Kapha. This theory helps us understand not only ourselves but others and our surrounding better, all by looking at life through these three dosas. In us humans, vata, pitta and kapha are each responsible for various physiological and psychological functions.
The goal in Ayurveda is to optimize our balance and thus our health.