Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga Liverpool


We offer Ashtanga Yoga in Liverpool throughout the year. Ashtanga Yoga is a huge part of our Yoga Teacher Trainings and Anatomy Courses. We use the fundamentals of this practice to correct and align the postures of Rocket Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow. The system was developed by Sri K. Patthabi Jois in the 1950s and is still practiced internationally. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a set series of postures and transitions. The Yoga Academy is delighted to present The Primary and Intermediate Series to our students.

Postures are adjusted to allow students deepen practice. An adjustment is when the teacher applies pressure.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Liverpool
Ashtanga Vinyasa Liverpool

What are the fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga?

There are 4 fundamentals of this style of yoga. These are also the fundamentals of Vinyasa Flow. They are as follows:

Bandhas

These are locks within the body that work with the movement of energy.  Mula Bandha is the root lock and will provide an uplift of energy from the base of your spine.  Uddiyana Bandha is your stomach lock and protects your lower back as well as allowing for deeper access into the postures.

Breath

Ashtanga Yoga is known for its Victorious Breath, Ujjai Breath. This is the hissing sound that is created as you exhale.  If you become familiar to this rhythm, it will allow you to induce a meditative state.  If your breath becomes forced or unsteady, you can use this as a benchmark to say that you have gone too deep into the posture.  We continue to breath in and out of the mouth in order to retain the heat in the body.  This helps us to be more flexible and rid the body of toxins as we sweat.

Drishti

This is simply the focal point of each of the postures. There is a focal point for each and every posture.  This will help to keep the focus on the mat and avoid checking out what is happening around you.  It encourages sense withdrawal which is necessary for meditation.

Vinyasa

The vinyasas link the postures together allowing the sequence to flow fluidly. The Upward and Downward Dog help to reset the body like counter postures. The Chaturanga Dandasana, press up position, will help build strength and shoulder stability.  The vinyasa will undoubtedly help build the necessary heat that you need in your body to complete the backbending part of the series.

Ashtanga Yoga Liverpool
Ashtanga Yoga Liverpool

How is Ashtanga Yoga a Movement Meditation?

The practice should be considered as a Movement Meditation.  This means that there is a point of focus throughout your time on your mat.  This will vary depending on how familiar you are with the sequence.  If you are new to the sequence, your point of concentration will be to remember the order and integrity of each of the postures.  If you are more familiar, you will focus on bandhas, breath, drishti and vinyasas, allowing your body to move automatically through the sequence.

Check out 200 hrs YTTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yoga Anatomy.

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