The style of yoga I practice is called Ashtanga, and I use this system to inform how I teach. I may have a few years of experience under my belt, but there are others out there who have been practicing this type of yoga for longer than I’ve been alive! So I thought it best to leave it to the experts when it comes to explaining what Ashtanga is all about…
What then is yoga? The word has many meanings: relation; means; union; knowledge; matter; logic; and so on. For now, let us say that the meaning of yoga is upaya, which means path, or way which we follow or by means of which we can attain something.
- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Yoga Mala
Ashtanga yoga is a science and a practice that has evolved over a period of thousands of years to deal with moral, physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual development. The term ashtanga, which means “eight limbs”, was devised in about 200 BC by the great Indian sage Patanjali. read more...»
A central component of (yoga) is asana, or the practice of yoga postures, in which we work the body: we turn it, twist it, stretch it, and explore its subtleties. Another component is pranayama, in which we stretch, unfold, refine and closely observe the breathing. Within these physical practices of [yoga] we work the body like we knead dough when making bread, so that it becomes transformed from an amorphous lump of unconscious flesh and bones into something that is vital and full of life.
- Richard Freeman, The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind
Each practice session is a journey. Endeavor to move with awareness and enjoy the experience. Allow it to unfold as a flower opens. There is no benefit in hurrying. Yoga grows with time. read more...»
- John Scott, Ashtanga Yoga: The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide to Dynamic YogaPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
- David Swenson, Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, An Illustrated Guide to Personal PracticePowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5