Ashtanga is Vinyasa
If you practice a vinyasa yoga, then you probably know that vinyasa means “movement with breath” and have experienced classes that flow from pose to pose. Ashtanga yoga is designed the same way, and many familiar poses such as sun salutations, triangle, forward folds and twists appear in the beginning sequence. The main difference in Ashtanga is that the series of poses are practiced in the same order each time.
Practicing a set series in this way is beneficial as it allows the body to open and grow stronger through repetition and consistency. It is understood that this takes time and patience, so in the practice there are many opportunities to modify or rest. The most meaningful component of the practice is what is happening internally, and with the focus on the breath it is easier to be aware of what your body needs. There are plenty of ways to approach the practice to make it as challenging or as restorative as you need. Ashtanga is a practice that was designed to be accessible to anyone.
Whether you practice Ashtanga yoga once a day, or once in a while, by turning your focus to your breath in movement you can experience the mindful and healing quality of this therapeutic practice.
Join Deborah Dowson on Wednesdays @ 6 – 7am for Ashtanga Modified Primary Series (60 minutes).
Revolution Community Yoga
537 Massachusetts Avenue
Acton, MA 01720