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Ashtanga Vinyasa

We studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Mark & Joanne Darby and Shankara Darby.

Darby and Joanne were part of the first group of Pattabhi Jois students in Mysore in the 1970s, where they lived for 4 years. They then continued their practice in India on a regular basis from 2001 to 2009, until the death of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a yoga practice based on dynamic and stimulating asana sequences to build spiritual strength, which includes the development of Vinyasa (synchronization of movement with breathing) by T. Krishnamacharya and K. Pattabhi Jois.

Digasana - Virabhadrasana lll - Ashtanga Yoga Lausanne

 The foundation of the practice is based on 3 important places of action and attention called Tristana. These cover three levels of purification: body, nervous system and mind. They are always performed in conjunction with one another. Asana the posture (Bandhas) purifies, strengthens and gives flexibility to the body. Breathing must be stable, slow and full-bodied, with the same length on inhalation as on exhalation, to purify the nervous system. Dristhi is the direction you look in a posture. There are nine dristhis: nose, 3rd eye, navel, thumb, hands, feet, top, right side and left side. Dristhi purify and stabilize the functioning of the mind. These three tools transform asana (physical) practice from a simple bodily exercise into a total mind-body experience.

There are 6 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga series. The first is designed to realign and detoxify the body. The intermediate series has an impact on purifying the nervous system. Most practitioners get all the benefits of the first two series, and those who can and if necessary go on to the advanced A, B, C and D series, called Sthira Bhaga (stable & strength), but all levels of practice will lead to what you need to understand.

With regular practice, and when the three components (Tristana) are in harmony, synchronized with movement and breathing through the sequences of postures, the yogi (the sadhaka) enters the seventh part of Ashtanga Yoga, meditation (dhyana), then to arrive in a state of yoga. In order to regain integrity.

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