Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga


Ashtanga Yoga Singapore

The Ashtanga Vinyasa style of yoga was popularised by Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois who dedicated his entire life to developing these unique sequences. The Ashtanga method stresses the daily practice of a series of postures linked by a ‘flowing’ sequence of movements called vinyasa. The Ashtanga practice also uses a special form of breath called ujjayi , and trains the use of drishti, or gaze as well as certain ‘locks’ also known as bandhas. Power Yoga and vinyasa yoga are generic terms that may refer to any type of vigorous yoga exercise derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. If you are looking for qualified and expert instructor of ashtanga yoga Singapore then please contact us for more details.

 

Our Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Our Ashtanga Vinyasa class is conducted on weekends with special emphasis on the following:

– On Saturdays, we focus on vinyasa practice. This also includes hip-opening postures and step-by-step instruction on how to do the vinyasa, or ‘flowing’ sequence that links individual postures.

– On Sundays, we concentrate on back opening postures that will release stiffness and promote strength and flexibility. Back bending postures are also practiced at the end of the class.

 

Principles of Ashtanga Yoga

The term vinyāsa refers to the alignment of movement and breath, a method which turns static asanas into a dynamic flow.

The term vinyasa also refers to a specific series of movements that are frequently done between each asana in a series. The breathing style used in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is Ujjayi which is a relaxed diaphragmatic style of breathing, characterized by an ocean sound which resonates in the practitioner’s throat. While practicing, this specific breathing style is maintained in alignment with movements. The steady cycle of inhales and exhales provides the practitioner with a calming, mental focal point. Additionally, viṅyāsa and Ujjayi together create internal heat, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating.

Regular practice is highly recommended in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught in Mysore style, where each student moves through the practice at his or her own pace and level. A person having an established Ashtanga practice might take between an hour and two hours, depending on his or her own personal speed, but a beginner will likely have a shorter practice.