Astanga

Astanga yoga is a sequential practise that gradually enables you to find your fullest potential physically, psychologically and spiritually.

The practise begins with the breath ‘Ujjayi Pranayama‘, and works through a set sequence of postures ‘asanas’ to develop strength and ease. It is a dynamic and challenging practise requiring dedication and determination to find deep awareness within ourselves.

The eight limbs of astanga are described by Patanjali as: Yama ‘abstinences‘, Niyama ‘observances’, Asana ‘postures’, Pranayama ‘breath control‘, Pratyahara ‘sense withdrawal‘, Dharana ‘concentration’, Dhyana ‘meditation‘, and Samadhi ‘contemplation‘.

We begin with the third limb ‘asana’ and gradually the first four (external oriented) limbs become established to reveal the final four limbs over time.

In our led astanga classes you receive guidance and instruction throughout the class. You are supported throughout each practise with gentle adjustments and a watchful eye to ensure correct alignment, improved posture,  greater flexibility, focus and strength.

Our Mysore ‘self practise’ class is an opportunity to work at your own pace and spend time with the teacher one to one.

 

“So whether you do your first downward dog at 14 or 44, it’s not your history but your presence on your mat that counts.”   Patthabhi Jois.(1915-2009)