Ashtanga Yoga is practiced in two aspects. The first, hatha yoga, is the postures in the primary series. Primary series is taught first and called yoga chikitsa or yoga therapy. The yoga poses promote a healthy, strong, and limber body.
Primary Series is a series of poses linked with movement on breath called vinyasa (put together in a special way.)
By linking movement to breathe you build purifying heat in your body (tapas).
Last month in conference we talked about the magical effects of sadhana. Sadhana means practice, or set of practices, done as ritual.
Jungle doctors in India are known for their Ayurvedic medicine. This method of healing prescribes holistic treatments that can involve, yoga seasonal rhythms and an individual’s constitution.The “cure” is a state of balance.
Its hard to pin point what we’re doing moment to moment in ashtanga yoga. There are so many things to think about. Sometimes it’s hard remembering what pose comes next! It’s best in the beginning to keep it light and simple. Take the practice slowly.