Ashtanga Vinyasa

A flow of poses integrated with deep and deliberate breathing

Ashtanga vinyasa was first codified and taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). Sri K. Pattabhi Jois studied under Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) from the age of 12, and Krishnamacharya’s teaching greatly influenced him in the creation of Ashtanga Vinyasa, but he also found guidance in classical Sanskrit works such as Svami Svatmarama’s fifteenth-century yoga manual Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali’s collection of aphorisms Yoga Sutra (compiled prior to 400 CE).

One element Ashtanga Vinyasa has in common with Patanjali’s yoga philosophy is the emphasis on the eight (asht) limbs (anga) of yoga: yama (moral discipline), niyama ([self-] restraint, purification), asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawing the mind from the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (union with the object of meditation). Pattabhi Jois thought that it was essential to practice asanas before one could master the other seven limbs. Perhaps because of Ashtanga Vinyasa’s close connection to ancient yogic scriptures, it is often referred to as a modern-day form of classical yoga.

Ashtanga Vinyasa encompasses asanas and breath joined in a flow and cultivates a healthy body in all aspects: physical, mental and spiritual. The classical Ashtanga Vinyasa class starts with five sun salutation a:s followed by five sun salutation b:s. The sun salutations are followed by a sequence of standing and seated postures from three different series: Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy/First Series), Nadi Shodhana (Nerve Purifier/Second Series) and Sthira Bagha (Centering of Strength/Third Series). You need to master the postures of the first series before moving on to those of the second.

All movement is linked with breath into a flow. With Ashtanga Vinyasa, you will become stronger, more flexible, and more focused through progressive techniques of breathing, postures, and movement. At Yogateket, you can progress through the classical Ashtanga series and, when you feel ready, discover variations that will take you to the next level of your practice.

Benefits of Ashtanga Vinyasa

·             Tones body and mind
·             Increases flexibility and strength
·             Improves bodily coordination
·             Increase stamina and endurance
·             Increases the blood circulation
·             Reduces stress
·             Contributes to a strong and healthy spine

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3 Classes

45 min

Ashtanga yoga intro

This class is an introduction to Ashtanga yoga, so if you're new and want to learn the fundamentals, this class is a great start. Sofia will touch on three parts of the eight limbs of yoga: Asana (posture), Pranayama (control of breath) and a little bit of meditation (Dhyana). 

90 min

Ashtanga Full Primary Series

Ashtanga full primary series with fewer instructions, Just simple guiding and timing of postures in this full primary. A Led Primary Series class is effective in taking away bad self-practice habits such as a wandering mind, losing the connection with the breath, or fidgeting between postures, and provides an opportunity to refine your practice by following the ‘count’ as it is traditionally prescribed.

30 min

Short ashtanga practice

If you are short of time, a shorter yoga routine is of course much better than no yoga at all. You start this session with still sitting to get grounded before start building up heat with Surya namaskar Continuing with forward folds, twists and to finish of with a couple rounds back bends.