Understanding the Movements of the Spine in Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and challenging practice that requires a deep understanding of the movements of the spine. In this blog post, we will explore the six directions of spinal movement and how they inform our practice. We will also discuss the importance of spinal alignment and how to apply this knowledge to different categories of asana. Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and challenging practice that requires a deep understanding of the movements of the spine. In this blog post, we will explore the six directions of spinal movement…

Yoga Philosophy: Exploring its Origins and Impact on Practice

Yoga is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular around the world, and for good reason. Not only does it offer a way to improve physical health and flexibility, but it also has a profound impact on mental and spiritual wellbeing. At the heart of yoga is a philosophy that underlies the practice, and understanding this philosophy can lead to a more well-rounded and fulfilling yoga practice. In this blog post, we will explore the origins of yoga philosophy, its relationship to Hinduism, and its potential impact on a yoga…

A Yogi’s Guide to the Branches of Yoga

A Yogi’s Guide to the Branches of Yoga

Introduction: Welcome fellow yogis! Today we are going to explore the diverse branches of yoga and understand their origins. This guide will help deepen our understanding of Bhakti, Jnana, Raja, Tantra, and Hatha Yoga. So, roll out your mat, breathe, and let’s get started. Bhakti: Yoga of Devotion Bhakti yoga is known as the path of devotion. Those who practice Bhakti yoga see the divine in all. They believe in invoking love and feeling a sense of closeness to the divine through their thoughts, words, and deeds. The practices of…

The Power of Mudras: How Hand Gestures Can Enhance Your Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Introduction: As an Ashtanga yoga practitioner, you are likely familiar with the physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama) that form the foundation of your practice. But you may not know about the powerful tool of mudras, or hand gestures, which can enhance your practice by influencing the flow of energy in your body and mind. In this article, we will explore the definition of mudras, their importance in Hatha Yoga, and how they can enhance your Ashtanga yoga practice. What are Mudras? Mudras are symbolic hand positions and body…

Get Your Sanskrit On: The Language of Yoga

As Ashtanga yoga practitioners, we are familiar with the Sanskrit names of the yoga poses, or asanas. But have you ever wondered about the origins of this ancient language and its significance in the yoga tradition? In this post, we will explore the fascinating world of Sanskrit and its connection to our practice. What is Sanskrit? Sanskrit is an ancient language that originated in India over 3,000 years ago. It is considered to be the mother of all Indo-European languages and is one of the oldest languages on Earth. The…

Unlocking the Power of Bandhas in Ashtanga Yoga

Unlocking the Power of Bandhas in Ashtanga Yoga

As an Ashtanga yoga practitioner, you may have heard of bandhas, the “locks” or “seals” that can help accumulate and channel prana, or life force energy. These advanced yogic techniques require time and patience to master, but can be a powerful tool in taking your yoga practice to the next level. In this article, we’ll explore how to unlock the power of bandhas in Ashtanga yoga. Understanding Bandhas In Ashtanga yoga, bandhas are a part of the larger group of yogic techniques called mudras, which are designed to “seal energy.”…

The Secret Life of Prana: A Beginner’s Guide to Energy in Yoga

Are you an Ashtanga yoga practitioner looking to deepen your knowledge of energy in yoga? Look no further! In this post, we’ll cover the basics of prana, prana vayus, nadis, and how they relate to Hatha yoga. Let’s get started! What is Prana? Prana is the life force energy that flows within us. Think of it as the gas that fuels your car. We extract prana from various sources, including food, light, and love. According to yoga teacher Gregor Maehle, although there is only one prana, it is in different…

Layers of Being: Understanding the Koshas for Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners

Introduction: As Ashtanga yogis, we are familiar with the physical practice of yoga. We flow through the series, sweat, and challenge ourselves to new postures. But have you ever considered that there may be more to us than just our physical bodies? In this article, we will explore the koshas, the “layers” or “sheaths” that make up our being and how understanding them can deepen our practice and connection to ourselves. What are the Koshas? The koshas are a model described in the Vedic text, the Taittiriya Upanishad. There are…

The Chakras: Spinning Wheels of Life Force Energy

Attention all Ashtanga yogis! It’s time to dive into the world of chakras. Don’t know what they are? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’re going to introduce you to the spinning wheels of life force energy that are believed to be found in the subtle body. Get ready to become familiar with the philosophy, function, and symbolism of the chakras. Let’s begin! What are Chakras? Chakras, derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “wheel,” are spinning centers of life force energy found in the subtle body….

Breathe in, Breathe out: Understanding Pranayama in Ashtanga Yoga

Introduction: Breathing is an integral part of our lives, but we often take it for granted. In Ashtanga yoga, we focus on the breath through the practice of pranayama. Pranayama is the fourth limb of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, and it’s all about breath practices. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what pranayama is, its purpose, and how it can enhance your Ashtanga yoga practice. What is Pranayama? Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means “life force extension,” and it refers to breath practices designed…