Breathing in Ashtanga Yoga and its effects

The breath as one of the fundamental elements of any yoga practice. Breathing has an interdependency to the mind, body, and emotions, you being a movement. Through steady and correct breathing – concentration comes easily, posture becomes steady and benefits are multifold. The breathing in yoga can serve as a transformative mechanism to improve overall…

Tristana – The core principle of Ashtanga Yoga

The vinyāsa, the connecting movements between the postures, is composed of 3 fundamentals (Tristana) which are: The breathing (Ujjãyi Prãnãyãma) – the victorious breath The control of the pelvic floor, and abdominal ball  (Mūla Bāndha) The focused gaze (Drishti) in the postures (āsana). Ashtanga Yoga uses a three-fold approach to yoga asana called Tristana. Tristana consists…

Ashtanga Yoga – Opening and Closing Mantra

Opening Mantra ॐ vande gurunam charanaravinde sandarsita svatmasukhava bodhe nihsreyase jangalikayamane samsara halahala mohasantyai abahu purusakaram sankhacakrasi dharinam sahasra sirasam svetam pranamami patanjalim ॐ Translation ॐ I bow to the lotus like feet of the Gurus The awakening happiness of one’s own Self-revealed Beyond better, acting like the Jungle physician Pacifying delusion, the poison of…