Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Yoga is an ancient system for the development and maintenance of health, harmony and balance of body, mind and spirit. In other words, it provides the means to live a relaxed, healthy and happy life and enables us to cope even when times are hard.
In the classic Yoga text, the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, dating back some 2000 years, we are told that to achieve this balance and the deep awareness vital to a happy life, one should practice the 8 limbs of Yoga, or Ashtanga Yoga.
Ashtanga, or the 8 limbs, are listed as:
"yama niyama asana pranayama pratyahara dharana dhyana samadhayo'stavangaani"
The eight limbs of Yoga are: the 5 observances, the 5 actions, postures, breathing, mastery of senses, concentration, meditation and joy.
Yoga Sutra II. 29.
In practice Ashtanga Yoga consists of Postures, which work to strengthen and realign the body, breathing techniques to increase vitality and strengthen the nervous system and concentration and meditation practices to calm the mind and ease stress. Regular practice will improve the functioning of all of our systems, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive etc., bringing us the good health that will be the foundation of a better quality of life.
These physical benefits in turn improve one's state of mind, bringing about greater relaxation, less stress and an ability to cope, no matter what life throws at us. What we find, in fact, is that life tends to unfold in a very positive way, and things seem to work out for us as we would wish, or as our Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois used to say "Practise and all is coming!", meaning health, happiness and whatever we truly need.
The system of Ashtanga vinyasa, the practice of yoga postures in a flowing sequence, with each movement co-ordinated with the breath, is said by Sri K.Pattabhi Jois to have been translated by his Guru, Krishnamacharya, from an ancient Sanskrit document called Yoga Korunta. This gave instructions for the practice of yoga postures(asana), the benefits of these asana, and the precise method of breathing and movement to be used in performing them, (vinyasa).
Until his death in May 2009, Guruji had been teaching this system of Yoga in Mysore and worldwide for over 60 years. Ashtanga Yoga Dublin seeks to continue in that tradition, teaching the vinyasa system as prescribed by Guruji.
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