Ashtanga Yoga – an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. There are so many different Yoga styles to choose from. It can be overwhelming to pick the right one for you.
Easily my most favourite Yoga class at the 2018 Elysia Yoga Convention was with Tania Kemou.
At the Elysia Yoga convention Tania taught an introduction to Ashtanga. It was the beautiful afternoon, picture perfect beaches and the most ideal weather. But for some reason I knew it would be worth heading back to the Aegialis hotel. I didn’t want to miss this class.
My first Yoga teacher training course was with YogaLondon and the difference between a variety of Yoga styles hadn’t yet occurred to me.
YogaLondon https://yogalondon.net teaches an Ashtanga Vinyasa based course.
Think of Ashtanga Yoga as a very structured vinyasa-style class. With five Ashtanga asana series and each student must master every pose of the first series before moving onto the second series.
Ashtanga Yoga came to the west via students of Sri Pattabi Jois. Sri Pattabi Jois passed away in 2009 and his yoga center in Mysore, India continues.
The first series begins with ten sun salutations (five A and five B). And followed with a series of standing poses done on each side. The series finishes with a set of inversions and seated poses. The teacher will link the poses with a vinyasa sequence.
It also became very popularised by David Swenson.
This is a demanding practice, suggested to be followed 6 days per week.
Truth be told, I would still be on the primary series given my aversion to headstands!