ASHTANGA YOGA


HOW TO BEGIN


NEW STUDENTS AND VISITING STUDENTS TO AYB, WELCOME!

When you’re ready, e-mail Malissa HERE with your name and any questions you may have about the yoga school and how to begin. You may set up a time to come in, see the facilities, and observe your first class. After, you and Malissa will decide on the best day and time for you to begin your first month of yoga.

All students new to the mysore method are required to observe before beginning in the program. Students visiting in from out of town or with an existing practice will be able to start straight away after setting a time and day to begin.


  1. I’m all yours for your first few classes until you find your pace. If you have any questions I am here for you.
  2. Eating or drinking before and during class is not advised. Do your best to refrain from eating any food or drinking fluids until after your yoga practice.
  3. Wear clean, stretchy, clothing that doesn’t call for attention.
  4. Bring a yoga mat and a small hand towel. It often gets sweaty in class. ( We have mats for you to borrow if you’re traveling from out of town )
  5. Wash up and prepare for a detoxifying practice! This may include wearing of deodorant. Avoid wearing strong scents. If you’re unsure on this, just ask.
  6. Kindly turn off you phone unless you have kiddos at home.
  7. When you enter the practice space maintain a calm, quiet, peaceful manner.
  8. Ladies, honor your cycle by taking 1-3 days of rest from practice. If you no longer have your cycle it’s nice to take an extra rest day around the new and full moons. If you ever feel you need an extra rest day, taking one around the new and full moons is really nice!
  9. Set yourself realistic practice goals and ask your friends and family for support (they will be inspired!). 2-3 days a week for practice is a nice place to start.
  10. The new and full moons are rest days, AYB will be closed.

 

Ok! Any questions don’t hesitate to ask and I look forward to meeting you.

MANTRAS


OPENING MANTRA


वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे सन्दर्शित स्वात्म सुखाव बोधे ।
निःश्रेयसे जङ्गलिकायमाने संसार हालाहल मोहशांत्यै ॥
आबाहु पुरुषाकारं शंखचक्रासि धारिणम् ।
सहस्र शिरसं श्वेतं प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ॥

 


auṁ
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe |
niḥ-śreyase jaṅgali-kāyamāne saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai ||
ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam |
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ praṇamāmi patañjalim ||

auṁ


OM

I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers, who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness
Like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-being. He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.
The upper body of human shape, carrying a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation)
having 1000 bright heads, I bow to Patanjali.

OM

CLOSING MANTRA

स्वस्तिप्रजाभ्यः परिपालयंतां न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः ।
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनोभवंतु ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

 


svasti-prajā-bhyaḥ pari-pāla-yaṁtāṁ nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṁ mahīśāḥ |
go-brāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubham-astu nityaṁ lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino-bhavaṁtu ||
auṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ

 


 

May the well-being of all people be protected By the powerful and mighty leaders be with law and justice.
May good success be with all cows (divinity) and scholars May all (samastah) the worlds (lokha) become (bhavantu) happy (sukhino).

Om peace, peace, peace


SOURCE: kpjayi.org

MOON DAYS


MOON DAYS 2018

January 
1 Full
16 New
31 Full

February
15 New

March 
2 Full
17 New
31 Full

April
16 New
30 Full

May
15 New
29 Full

June
13 New
28 Full

July
13 New
27 Full

August
11 New
26 Full

September
9 New
25 Full

October
9 New
24 Full

November
7 New
23 Full

December
7 New
22 Full

MOON DAY INFO

Traditionally Astanga yoga is not taught on moon days (days when there is a full or a new moon), as the potential for injury is greater. Please take rest on moon days.
Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. What is the reasoning behind this?

Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.

The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.

The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest. Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.


SOURCE: ashtangayogacenter.com

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