With our Altrincham Studio about to launch an Ashtanga primary series flow on Tuesdays at 19:30-20:30 I thought it would be good to look at what this practice involves.
This form of yoga is physical and athletic. The Ashtanga practice follows a specific set of prescribed postures (asana) using the tools of drishti (focusing gaze on one singular point such as tip of the nose or finger tip), bandhas (inter-muscular locks) & pranayama (breathing techniques). Each of these techniques help the student progressively train the mind to be more focused & therefore form a kind of moving meditation similar to the sun salutation.
The system was taught by Indian yoga master K. Pattabhi Jois & is sometimes called Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. The practice gave birth to Vinyasa yoga which then gave birth to the modern Power Yoga both of which are very popular at Yoga Life.
One of the great strengths of the Ashtanga is that the specific sequences offer opportunity to gage progress & identify aspect of your practice that need greater attention. With the system always following the same sequences of postures, I find it can also offer a more hypnotic & meditative practice too.
All levels of experience are welcome to attend the practice but I would strongly recommend those that have been attending the vinyasa & power yoga classes to get booked in as you will find lots of cross over.
To book a class visit the Altrincham timetable now & join Rania Tuesdays 19:30-20:30.