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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a powerful dynamic yoga style developed by Pattabhi Jois following his teacher Sri T. Krishnamacharya and ancient yoga texts. Sequences and series were available,
but Pattabhi Jois made an ingenious selection and partly new arrangement.
Many of the asanas presented in the series are an ideal of this asana. Almost each of these postures has 1-5 presupposed clearly described steps which are described in detail in the Vinyasa Krama (Summary of the Asana series of Krishnamacharya by Srivatsa Ramaswami).
By being aware of and practicing these steps you will safely reach your goal :)
Through Sri Pattabhi Jois this Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition, is now spread throughout the world.
Today, his grandson R. Sharath Jois leads the authoritative yogashala in Mysore India.
A Led-Class of the "Primary-Series" (first of six series), led by Pattabhi Jois you can see below on this page.
Here isa nice report Pattabhi Jois in NEW YORK
links to more series can be found here links.
My first Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher is Rolf Naujocat. He was one of the first Westerners to start Ashtanga Yoga and is one of the still few certified teachers of Sri Pattabhi
For the first time I practiced with Rolf in Goa / Vagator 1999. At that time the Shala was outdoors, not far from the sea. Over 7 years I visited his Mysore classes in Goa every
2006 - 2014 I visited annually and each time for 6 - 10 weeks the Shala of Sharath Rangaswami in Mysore. Pattabhi Jois taught only single classes during this time. At that time it
was usual, that you had to practice in Mysore for 1 year and to have progressed to Pincha Mayurasana "to be ready" for the authorization.
The motto - "Practice practice - and all will come" - it's true!
In February 2014 I received the "Authorization Level 2" from Sharath and his blessings to teach the second series.
"99 % Practice - 1 % Theory" refers to the fact that Ashtanga is a spiritual practice and thus an inner transformation. It is wonderful that Sharath conveys this in this way.
Want to enjoy more of the series?
Led Intermediate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLmDc_R2dfs
Led advanced https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPHTZ7Hc7Hg
On the physical level Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga creates a balance between strength and flexibility, on the mental level it increases your concentration and relaxation. On the energetic level
your vitality and your stamina will be increased. Spiritually your focus on the divine can strengthen and also your devotion.
"Breath feeds action"
In Ashtanga Yoga, the asanas are performed in a sequence (series) and are fluidly connected by vinyasa.
In Sri T. Krishnamacharya Yoga breathing and movement are consciously synchronized - including the movement in the breath. The sound of Ujjayi breathing keeps the focus on the evenly flowing breath.
Through this breathing technique the breath flows powerfully and gently in and out through the nose and a soft tone is produced in the back throat. This sound sounds like the soft rustle of the wind in leaves or like the sound of gentle waves on the beach. The even sound of inhalation and exhalation sets the rhythm and tempo for your practice.
The continuity of deep even Ujjayi breathing works like a deep beneficial massage that touches all cells.
The bandha is an energetic-muscular "closure" that directs the breath. Bandhas regulate the flow of prana / life energy in the body and give the asanas their unique powerful energetic quality.
In Ashtanga Yoga we use 3 Bandhas.
Mulabandha: Aligns the spine from the pelvic floor and draws energy through the spine upwards. It helps to stop the flow of thoughts.
Uddiyana Bandha: Protects and stretches especially the lumbar spine. Purifies Mala = the physical, emotional and mental impressions. Helps to open and to relax.
Jalandhara Bandha: Stretches the spine from above. Promotes regeneration and introspection. Cleans and calms the thought stream from impressions which do not belong initiallly to yourself. Deepens Ujjayi breathing.
Drishti is a focal point, a being oriented towards an energetically active area. Each asana is assigned to a specific Drishti. The Drishti promotes emotional and mental silence and has a cleansing and balancing effect on the mind.
Vinyasa is a pleasant dynamic change from one asana to the next - according to a healing order. The dynamic flow of the asanas becomes a meditation in movement. The Vinyasa brings the body between the asanas into a neutral position and balances the muscle tension in the whole body. Vinyasa makes asana practice flowing. The yogic techniques Ujjayi, Bandhas and Drishtis combine to an energetic stream on which the asanas seem to flow weightlessly.
"When breath feeds action and action feeds posture, each movement becomes gentle, precise and perfectly steady" Pattabhi Jois.