The practice of Yoga is an ancient one. But what is yoga?
Yoga is a science that fosters both internal and external wellbeing.
Through practice, we reverse the outward flow of our attention and energy. We practice turning inward. In doing so, we connect to a stillness and wisdom that is often unnoticed.
By uniting the movement of the body with the breath, yoga helps to quiet the mind. When the mind is quieter, in time, we experience a peacefulness and a connection. We begin to listen. We become more aware and we find a place in the present moment. Eventually, we develop a steadiness and evenness of mind that lasts beyond our time on the mat.
At the same time, the physical practice of yoga asana builds both strength and flexibility. Shoulders, hips and legs become more open and relaxed. The core is stronger. We walk, move and sit differently. We have better balance. We become aware of our breath and we begin to breathe more fully and evenly. We feel less stressed. Or perhaps, more equipped to deal with the stressors of every day life. We come to know ourselves better.
Yoga does not require a level of fitness or even a certain body type. Yoga does not require flexibility, or fancy clothes. Yoga only requires that we show up...and that we practice.
What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga with a living lineage that dates back nearly 5000 years. This system has proliferated in modern day through the lifelong dedication and teaching of Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore India (1915-2009). This lineage of teaching is carried forward and honored by his son Manju Pattabhi Jois, his daughter Saraswati, his grandson R. Sharath Jois as well as the many senior teachers who spent many years learning from 'Guruji.' Though I never had the pleasure of learning from Guruji, I am committed to continually study with his most senior teachers and honour this tradition to the best of my ability in both my own personal practice and my teaching.
Best known for its posture sequences, the Ashtanga practice is based on the Tristana method linking breath with bandhas (expressed through the postures/asanas) and dristi, focused gazing point. This dynamic practice cultivates intense internal heat that detoxifies and purifies muscles and organs and is deeply meditative. Strength, stamina and flexibility are the result. Each asana sequence requires time (usually several years), regular daily practice to master. However, even practicing the beginning of Primary series once or twice a week can bring incredible benefits to students of all ages, body types and experience.
Offered for beginners or more experienced yogis, classes are small (5-6 students max) and personalised. Teaching focuses on helping you to grow your practice and connect to the powerful and transformative tradition of yoga.
Events, Workshops and Meditation Sessions
These small group events focus on a variety of topics from physical technique, postural alignment, meditation, philosophy and more. These are designed help you feel better and more inspired both on the mat & in life.