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Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of Yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927.
There is a beautiful science to the Ashtanga system, which this tumblr is meant to celebrate.
For more info go to: kpjayi.org

Sister site: ashtanga4life.com
5 September 12

Tristhana in Ashtanga Yoga

Tristhana: This means the three places of attention or action: posture, breathing system and looking place. These three are very important for yoga practice, and cover three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and mind. They are always performed in conjunction with each other.

Asanas purify, strengthen and give flexibility to the body. Breathing is rechaka and puraka, that means inhale and exhale. Both the inhale and exhale should be steady and even, the length of the inhale should be the same length as the exhale. Breathing in this manner purifies the nervous system. Dristhi is the place where you look while in the asana. There are nine dristhis: the nose, between the eyebrows, navel, thumb, hands, feet, up, right side and left side. Dristhi purifies and stabilizes the functioning of the mind.

from: kpjayi.org

7 June 12

Reblogged: divorceyourphone

26 September 11
Posted: 10:23 AM
23 September 11
many, many years of practice are usually required before “nose to the knee” even BEGINS to make sense in this pose….Uttitha Hasta Pandangustasana
remember - it is not about the leg, the flexibility - it is about the balance and the breathing. focus on that bottom leg; feel confident in the foundation - the rest will take care of itself (with consistent practice, of course :P)

many, many years of practice are usually required before “nose to the knee” even BEGINS to make sense in this pose….Uttitha Hasta Pandangustasana

remember - it is not about the leg, the flexibility - it is about the balance and the breathing. focus on that bottom leg; feel confident in the foundation - the rest will take care of itself (with consistent practice, of course :P)

Posted: 10:22 AM

Reblogged: yoginyc

20 September 11

The goal can be attained through breathing exercises involving holding your breath before exhaling.

pracchardana-vidhāraṇa-ābhyāṁ vā prāṇasya

प्रच्छर्दनविधारणाभ्यां वा प्राणस्य ॥३४॥

- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Samadhi Pada (Book 1), Line 34

18 September 11
13 September 11
Always Mula Bandha….amazing the difference it can make throughout practice….

Always Mula Bandha….amazing the difference it can make throughout practice….

12 September 11

Reblogged: playoutsidethelines-deactivated

11 September 11

As stunning as they often are, viewing static images of yoga poses can sometimes remove the true essence what it feels like to DO yoga. It is easy to observe the body of the practitioner - just see their strength or flexibility, and forget all of the effort necessary to get up to that point.

This video of Kino MacGregor really captures that amazing feeling of calm flow which having a consistent practice can achieve. She certainly performs some incredible asana in this one - but for me, seeing how clearly her breath supported the practice was even more captivating. Yes, she started practicing early in life (19), but a practice of this level took a decade to cultivate.

Remember, yoga is not about luck, build, or inherent flexibility - it is about breath, consistency, and practice. Everyone can do yoga!

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh