Ashtanga Yoga Liverpool

About Ashtanga Yoga

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What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga is dynamic style of yoga where postures are connected by breath movements or vinyasa. It will builds strength and flexibility in both your body and mind. The Primary Series is the first sequence of Ashtanga Yoga. The Primary Series in Sanskrit is Yoga Chikitsa which means yoga therapy. The primary series cleanses the body, mind and senses. Ashtanga Yoga Liverpool has classes for beginners, led Primary Series classes and a traditional Mysore Style class.

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Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga has many benefits and people come for all sorts of reasons. The only real way to find out how it can benfit you is to come along and join us. Benefits include:

  • Relaxation
  • Increased focus
  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased physical and mental strength
  • increased fitness and wellbeing

I write a popular blog post about why people practice yoga, check it out if you're interested in reading more.

History of Ashtanga YogaPattabhi Jois

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois learned the sequences of Ashtanga Yoga from his teacher Krishnamacharya. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois has passed on this tradition to many teachers and students in the West. I am very grateful to him and feel fortunate to have studied with Pattabhi Jois directly as well as his grandson Sharath who is currently the director of the Ashtanga Research Institute in Mysore India.

 

Meaning of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga means eight limbs of Yoga. The eight limbs of yoga were outlined in the yoga sutras of Patanjali which were written approximately 2000 years ago. The eight limbs of yoga are yama (ethical disciplines), niyama (self observation), asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (a state of joy and peace). In yoga classes we generally focus mainly on the third limb asana, which means comfortable seat and refers to the yoga positions. Through the physical practice of asana we begin to explore the other seven limbs both on and off the mat.

Yoga Philosophy

If you are interested in learning more about yoga philosophy, I recommend The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar. Desikachar is the son of Krishnamacharya who taught Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. He practices and teaches a different style of yoga but I think this book and it's insight would be useful to anyone. If you want to read more about Ashtanga Yoga visit my recommended Ashtanga yoga books page. You will also find regular discussions about yoga philosophy on AshtangaYoga Liverpool's Blog.

Mysore Yin Intensive

A relaxing yoga intensive on Saturday 21st October.

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November Adjustment

Workshop for Yoga Teachers

Saturday 18th September

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