So why Ashtanga became so popular all around the world and what is so special about it?
This particular Ashtanga style, how we know it now, was shaped in the middle of last century by great Indian Master of Yoga Pattabhi Jois. It was carefully built based on Indian ancient scriptures in order to make a perfect sequence for removing all body imperfections and energy blockages. As you move through every posture you can just feel how body opens very gently through every asana, though after only a month of persistent practice you will be able to notice great changes in strength and flexibility thanks to this wonderful practice. The practice is quite intense and big amount of heat is created, so be prepared to sweat. All kinds of toxins leave your body as we sweat, so never think that its a bad thing. It actually helps you clean from inside.
There are several sequences in Ashtanga and we move from one to another as our bodies become stronger and more flexible. Mastering each sequence may take few years, so it’s fair to say that it can be practice of the whole life. First one is Primary Series, in Sanskrit Yoga Chikitsa, so called yoga therapy. It helps to remove all the sicknesses in the body and prepare it for a deeper practice.
Sequence is always the same, that for the first glance might seem boring to do every day. But there are no such two days where your body feels the same way. Every time it is different, also thanks to this repetitions we learn how to observe our body and mind in every asana. We feel the difference each single day and find the way to listen to our body and its small signals. Also wherever you go, this sequence is always with you, you can do it in any place any time. Generally role of the teacher is to help you with adjustment, observe and correct your practice, give you the general guidance.
Another great thing is when after some time you remember the sequence already and your body becomes strong and flexible enough, this sequence becomes like a beautiful dance where your body flows from one asana into another and you are able to bring your focus inside. That is why in Ashtanga we use drishti - points of glance in every posture, so all the attention and energy stays inside. Thanks to it and long ujjayi breath you bring your mind into a wonderful meditative state of observation and concentration.
It is very brief explanation about benefits of this amazing practice, so come and join our class to feel it by yourself!