Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic and flowing form of yoga which follows a set sequence of postures, each held for five breaths. The foundation for the practice is Vinyasa – the breath movement system – where each move is synchronised and guided by the breath. The flowing sequence creates a moving meditation which calms the mind, enabling the practitioner to better cope with the stress and pressures of daily life.
The student is encouraged to learn the sequence up to a suitable stopping point, depending on their body. As it is a vigorous practice, Ashtanga helps to develop strength and fitness in the practitioner, while the heat produced works on detoxing the body. Much of the teaching is done through hands-on adjustment of the body.
Ashtanga is traditionally taught in the ‘self-practice’ method. The student arrives at any time during a set class period and works through the memorised sequence with assistance and correction from the teacher on a 1-2-1 basis. This is an excellent way for beginners to learn yoga, as they are guided through the sequence, posture by posture, with a lot of 1-2-1 support and assistance. This means that the practice becomes very personal and fully ‘owned’ by the student who has confidence to practice any time, any place.
In our 1-2-1 sessions I will teach you the Ashtanga sequence posture by posture, ensuring that your alignment is correct, and that the posture is suitable to your body and any limitations. After a period, you will be able to commit the sequence to memory (with some visual aids) and begin your own self-practice whenever you want, using the tools we have learned together.
Alternatively, I teach Ashtanga led classes: