The Traditional Method
Yoga is a way of life that we experience within our whole being. Finding a dedicated teacher or Guru can direct you towards that experience.
Ashtanga yoga is a traditional yoga method that originally comes from Mysore, India where it was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Nowadays, the institute of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga has passed to the hands of R. Sharath Jois who continues the tradition.
It is a moving meditation, combining the sound of the deep breath, the postures (asanas) and the gazing point (drishti). It consists of a purification system through the heat that is generated by breath and continuous movement. By practicing six days in Ashtanga Yoga, we built a balance between stamina, endurance and flexibility of body and mind. It uniquely differs from other yoga styles in the sense that we follow particular sequences of postures.
Ashtanga Yoga is for everybody, for all ages and levels.
The most crucial thing is simply to practice, and bear in mind to respect and listen to the nature of the body!
Mysore classes, named after the Indian city where the traditional way of teaching has been taught more than 50 years, are self-practice sessions, being observed and adjusted by the teacher. They are customized to the level, needs and the then health and mental status of the practitioner. This way of teaching places emphasis on the capabilities of every student, as the instructor can work separately with each of them, treating them as unique entities and familiarizing them with the rhythm of their own breath. Practitioners learn how to breathe with sound, get in and out of the postures, apply the sequence with a safe way and eventually memorize it. They discover the value of patience, as they can stay in a sitting posture (padmasana) for a long time at the beginning. After laying the foundations of the practice, they can see the following sequences flow gently. Different levels of practitioners do their practice together.. Kind of Magical!
In Led classes, the teacher guides the practitioners through the postures of the primary series sequence. This way of teaching is an important tool for building up concentration and endurance. The students follow the tempo as the teacher counts the breath and they learn to listen, surrender and be reactive. At the same time, they get the chance to enhance the understanding of the practice and obtain the proper counting of the vinyasas. The mind focuses on the integration of breath, drishti and postures. It is not distracted by the prescribed sequence set, but it naturally goes through with it. It takes time to adjust all these facets together and it depends on the nature of very person. But that’s the magic in it!