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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a set sequence of asanas (physical poses) that are synchronized with the breath.

Ujjayi Breath, Drishti (gazing point), Bandhas and Vinyasa are the key elements of this method and help us to experience the meditative effect of the practice. 

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga sequences are introduced to the world by Pattabhi Jois who was a student of Sri T Krishnamacharya.

Although this method is known as one of the most dynamic and challenging styles of Yoga, it is possible to adjust the asanas and sequences according to students’ needs and abilities.

Traditionally, students are expected to practice 6 days a week and take rest on moon days (women are advised to take rest on periods as well). However, due to everyday life challenges, these expectations may need to be adjusted.

Patanjali's Ashtanga (8 Limbed) Yoga

Patanjali (sage who wrote Yoga Sutras) gives us different ideas about Yoga practice and he divides these ideas into 8 stages(limbs);

  1. Yama – abstinence
  2. Niyama – observance
  3. Asana – posture practice
  4. Pranayama – breath control
  5. Pratyahara – sense withdrawal
  6. Dharana – concentration
  7. Dhyana – meditation
  8. Samadhi – contemplation

Opening and Closing Mantras

Opening Mantra
Om

Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde

Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe

Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane

Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram

Shankhacakrsi Dharinam

Sahasra Sirasam Svetam

Pranamami Patanjalim

Om
Translation: 

Thanks to the teachers before who have passed on this practice, to help us discover Sef knowledge and Self awareness.

The teachers have given us a detailed path. So we are able to realise and let go of delusion in the mind.

Particular thanks to the teacher/sage Patanjali, who had ultimate knowledge and insight and gave us a system for realising enlightenment through yoga, showing us all that is ever changing and all that is ever lasting, thank you.

Om

Closing Mantra
Om
Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
 

Translation:

May all of humankind be happy and well

May the great leaders protect the earth in every way by the path of just virtue

May there be perpetual joy for those who know the real nature of things

May all the worlds be happy

Om Peace, Peace, Peace

What Are The Benefit?

Yoga is a very unique journey that is special for every individual however there are some common benefits we can experience through regular practice. Yoga may;

  • Calm the mind and reduce stress
  • Improve the breath
  • Strengthen the physical body
  • Improve mobility and posture
  • Boost immunity
  • Reduce chronic pain
  • Improve digestion