Warm, moist air and the rushing noise flowing breathing filled the room. People move, each following other positions, a familiar process and everyone in the rhythm of his own breathing. A teacher turns to a whisper individual practitioner explains something helps. Nothing else is spoken, everyone exerts itself.
We are in an Ashtanga class. The traditional form of teaching called Mysore style. It is named after Mysore, a city in southern India. From here Ashtanga yoga spread throughout the world. Mysore style means that every practitioner practiced by its possibilities within the training system of Ashtanga Yoga.The student learns individually exercise for exercise from his teacher. In the first yoga classes just a short movement sequence is shown – then the student repeats this until it is more and more familiar with it. During the exercise process of teachers helps to identify more details, others will become apparent through the practice of self-When the student is ready for it, the teacher extends the training sequence. New movements are already known added and it is slowly evolving a more complete and complex exercise practice. Thus, the practitioner can gradually delve deeper into the understanding of Ashtanga Yoga.
The main techniques of Ashtanga Yoga
The most well-known aspect of yoga practice in the West are the postures of yoga, produce a harmony in the physical body. In practice the system of Ashtanga Yoga a large number of positions (asanas) is aggregated into six progressively harder expectant exercise series. Ujjayi: Surely one of the most striking aspects of Ashtanga Yoga is the audible rushing respiration.Breathing sets the rhythm for the movement and serves as an aid to concentration. Breath and mind are interconnected. If the breath out in a calm, steady rhythm, the thoughts come to rest. Kumbhaka: If the regular flow of the breath is once established, interrupting advanced practitioner in some postures and for seated breathing exercises consciously this rhythm: The breath is held and subtle energy (prana) is passed through the body. Vinyasa: the dynamics of Ashtanga Yoga develops when breath and movement together. This is the basis for a moving meditation because it helps us to keep the mindfulness at the moment. Although every move other tracks and laws followed, including is always the uniform breath, striving both in pace and intensity for balance. Bandha: The German word “band” is etymologically related to Bandha. The techniques of Bandha conduct – as a band – the energy through the energy body. Primarily, this is done by concentration and imagination. Subtle muscle contractions, the physical impact of Bandha, facilitate the concentration and form the basis for the alignment of the body in different positions. Drishti: focus and concentration points complete the techniques of Ashtanga Yoga. The sense organs are withdrawn from the outside world – away from all the distractions, you move into a state of assembly.