• Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Yoga Workshop, Byron Bay

  • Although it is important to learn the postures in the correct order with the Ashtanga Yoga method, it is the cultivation of the breath that is paramount. By focusing on the breath rather than just the achievement of the postures, the practice brings you into deeper contact with your Self.

  • Ashtanga Yoga is a sequence of postures linked by movement and breath. This system comprises three series of Asana called Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A, B, C & D. The Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning body therapy. The Intermediate Series is called Nadi Shodhana, meaning nervous system purification. The Advanced Series (A, B, C & D) are collectively known as Sthira Bhaga or steady strength.

    Although it is important to learn the postures in the correct order with the Ashtanga Yoga method, it is the cultivation of the breath that is paramount. By focusing on the breath rather than just the achievement of the postures, the practice brings you into deeper contact with your Self.

    The linking of breath with movement is the foundation of the tradition as it combines the three elements of Breath, Body and Mind; that is, Pranayama, Asana and Drishti. These are known as the Tristhanam, or the three places of attention.The breath is the vehicle by which the body and mind are observed, purified and transcended. It is through self-practice and self-observation that a non-judgmental attitude can be developed. This peaceful quality is particularly cultivated by focusing on the flowing nature of the breath.

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