Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (counted method) is a dynamic form of hatha yoga.
Each movement of our body is linked with our breath. So we move in tune with our breath. Each body/breath movement is called a Vinyasa. Our mind is encouraged to be in the present by counting the vinyasa as we move. So that the practice become a moving meditation or mindfulness in action – moment to moment awareness.
Ashtanga means 8 Limbs – referring to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – an eightfold path to Self realisation.
Through the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga we bring focus and calm the mind and at the same time cleanse, purify, strengthen and stretch the body.
When we practice regularly with mindfulness and compassion a deeper experience of the self becomes possible.
What is Assisted Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?
Traditionally, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga was taught in Mysore, India. Mysore is where Ashtanga was first taught by Krishnamacharya and Pattabois Jois.
In an assisted Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga class we individually practice within a group setting. We come to class and go through the Asthanga vinyasa sequence to where we have been taught. Postures are added to our sequence as our bodies become stronger and more flexible. So that we move through the sequence at our own pace and to where our body’s are right now. The teacher gives us adjustments for our body and practice guidance. It is like having a one-to-one within a group setting.
“Practice, practice, practice and all is coming.”
— Sri K. Pattabhi Jois