The practice of Ashtanga yoga is a vigorous style of yoga that purifies the body from the inside out. Three points of attention are the basis for this practice. Yoga poses (asanas) yogic breathing (pranayama) and a specific gaze point for each movement (dristi). The poses are arranged sequentially so that each pose builds upon the next. The asanas are practiced in the same sequence each and every time you come to the mat.
This particular system of Ashtanga yoga is derived from the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois the "father of Ashtanga yoga". Pattabhi Jois learned this dynamic method from his Guru Krishnamacharya. In turn, Jois has handed his teachings down to thousands of students around the world.
Ashtanga yoga is more than just an exercise routine. It is a body awareness technique. One that will help you experience a deeper level of peace, increased energy, better health and greater happiness. Literally translated, Ashtanga means "eight limbs" which are defined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Jois believed that a consistent practice of all eight limbs of the yoga path transforms the mind to a peaceful place.
The practice always begins with a series of poses called Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation). There are two variations of Surya Namaskara used in the Ashtanga method. Surya Namaskara A and Surya Namaskara B. The practice then builds with a series of standing postures, seated poses, backbends, finishing postures and a closing sequence. The entire Primary series takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Currently, Empower Yoga offers a short form of the primary series. Classes range from 60-75 minutes. The teaching methods and practices at Empower Yoga are derived from the roots of Ashtanga Yoga as developed by Patthabi Jois.
There are many opportunities to develop your Ashtanga practice at Empower Yoga. Monday through Thursday early morning Ashtanga/short form is offered from 6am-7am. Thursday mornings 8:30-9:30am. Friday and Sunday evenings a 75 minute short form class is offered from 5:00-6:15pm. Whether a beginner or an experienced practitioner Ashtanga provides the perfect space to grow and develop as a student.
Everyone comes to yoga at a different space. Entering the world of yoga is an important step toward living a more centered, joyful and peaceful life. Yoga is an open invitation. A chance to live to your highest potential. Always evolving, always changing.