Ashtanga Vinyasa

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B.K.S. Iyengar refers to yoga as the “science of religion,” and elsewhere as the “science of spirit.” This is because yoga unites the individual with the universal. What begins in physical movement and exercise transforms into an awakening of consciousness. It is the blending of the finite individual with that which is infinite and unbounded.

We refer to “yogatology” as the “science of yoga,” and dedicate ourselves to bringing about this union of the individual with the universal. We playfully call it “empirical zen” and “historical hip,” giving due respect and attentiveness to a wisdom tradition that is thousands of years old, and blending it with the youthful spirit, energy, and inquiry of the modern west.

Hatha yoga is a term used to describe a whole set of different yoga styles that are based in a physical form of practice. Iyengar boldly asserts that the reflective practice of meditation is not even possible without first preparing the body for it – which is precisely the purpose of yoga.

Hatha yoga is the primary expression of yoga in the United States. Yogatology supports and encourages all practitioners of physical yoga – whatever their goals of well-being may be – by recommending that every yoga session have a modestly lengthy period of meditative relaxation at its conclusion.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

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Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is an aerobic style of hatha yoga. It is not recommended for beginners – even for those who are already in shape through other athletic forms of movement. A beginner’s class will help to familiarize yourself with the movements required, the pace of action, and the unique areas of stress upon the body – such as knees or with control of the breath.

Because of the intense aerobic workout, special attention should be given to an initial period of warm up. Every area of the body is to be thoughtfully addressed, with a mind towards slowly building the heart rate for the intense period ahead.

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga emphasizes an aerobic workout that produces a good sweat, tones and strengthens the body, increases flexibility, clears the mind, boosts energy and helps lean the body – whatever body type you have.

This form of yoga emphasizes flow of movement and of breath. Shortly after entering one pose – held typically for about five breaths – the next pose is taken, and so on. Advanced techniques can be learned to enhance your practice, such as energy locks (bandhas) and movements (drishti). These techniques will help your “workout” become a “work in” – bringing a meditative quality to this intense form of yoga.

As always, your workout should include a thoughtful cool down and meditative relaxation.