Dynamic breath control with Ujjai breath, yogic routines taken from Yoga Korunta in Patabhi Jois style is called Ashtanga Yoga. Within the Yoga Korunta, 3 series of yoga sequences are imparted.
1. Yoga Chikista – Yoga therapy to align and detoxify the body. This is the Primary Series.
2. Nadi Shodhana- Channel Cleansing to purify the subtle body and energy within. This is the intermediate series.
3. Sthira Bhaga – divine stability, to create profound openness, humility and stability. `this series came to be subdivided into 4 subseries due to its demanding nature.
This is the system of Hatha Yoga now taught by Sharath, at his Ashtanga Research Institute in Mysore, India and throughout the world.
The distinguishing elements of Astanga Yoga and its practice are woven together with the 8 limbs of Patanjali yoga Sutras to create Sadhna – a complete spiritual practice. These elements are:
• Vinyasa – breath synchronized motion
• Ujjai Pranayama – Victorious Breathing
• The Bandhas – Inner Locks
• The Dristis – Gaze Points
As the breath and body flow together as ne, tapas internal heat is generated and begins a process of purification. Trough practice, layers of bodily existence are cleansed, transforming deep-rooted patterns to liberate the body, mind and heart.
FROM 1ST-10TH OF THE MONTH
We practice Ujjai Breath and the bandhas. We then practice dristis in Asanas. We move to Yoga Chikitsa series here and practice the mantra. Then we do 11 steps of surya namaskar A followed by 18 steps of Surya Namaskar B. We then go to 19 standing asanas and practice it with Vinyasa.
- REGULAR YOGI
FROM 11th to 20th OF THE MONTH
We practice the 38 sitting postures with Vinyasa.
FROM 21st TO 30th OF THE MONTH
We practice the 15 Finishing sequence asanas followed by Closing Ashtanga Prayer.
Please ask the teacher to give you 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 45 minutes practice based on the time you want to devote for your practice. The standing Asanas develop concentration and strength; the seated Asanas create suppleness and a sense of calm; and the finishing sequence slows the mind, cultivating clarity and a meditative state.