In-versions

“I want to do a shoulder stand…a headstand…a handstand…” So much out-ward energy for such in-verted positions. Our desire in life to be able to “do” something is strong, and that strength is a very valuable thing. But when it comes to yoga, this striving for achievement isn’t our top priority. In fact, it’s not…

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The Opening & Closing Prayers

We open and close our Ashtanga practice with a chant in Sanskrit. Understand the profound meaning of these traditional prayers. Yoga Chants Ashtanga Yoga traditionally has both an opening chant and a closing chant. Because of Yoga’s ancient roots, chants (or mantras) are offered in Sanskrit (the ancient language of India), however their meaning is…

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Why Alignment, Why Anatomy

Why is alignment so important in your Yoga practice? What difference does it really make? One of our favourite teachers and friends Tim Feldmann writes all about it this article. WHY ALIGNMENT – WHY ANATOMY? A good use and healthy alignment is the natural state of the body. Connecting to this innate state unravels habitual…

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Your core muscles – deeper than you think

What is the core? How do we access it? Why is it important? By David Keil http://www.yoganatomy.com/why-you-should-understand-your-core-muscles/   What is the Core? This question is one that is asked quite commonly in workshops. The iliacus and the psoas muscle equal the ever popular iliopsoas muscle and are perhaps, the epitome of what we call the core…

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Ashtanga Yoga: Practice with discipline but practice smart

Inspired by Matthew Sweeney’s article on the evolution of Ashtanga, our lovely teacher Marie shares her thoughts about how to practice Ashtanga with discipline but practice smart. Marie also reflects on how our teacher Joey Miles can support this approach in Mysore style self-practice at the Yoga Space   Ashtanga Yoga: Practice with discipline but…

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Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence

An insight into the traditional ashtanga pranayama sequence, practiced after asana, as directed by Manju Jois http://grimmly2007.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/ashtanga-pranayama-and-meditation.html – Anthony Grim Hall    http://ashtangaseries.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/ashtanga-pranayama.html When should I practice the pranayama sequence? Manju Jois teaches Pranayama and Chanting at the end of  practice, at the end of Primary, at the end of his led 2nd series (with the Sanskrit…

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See More Clearly By Practicing Drishti

The practice of drishti is a gazing technique that develops concentration—and teaches you to see the world as it really is. By David Life – http://www.yogajournal.com/article/philosophy/the-eye-of-the-beholder/         Photo: Joey Miles http://www.ashtangabrighton.com/ashtanga-practice-and-fatherhood-joey-miles We humans are predominantly visual creatures. As every yoga practitioner has discovered, even during practice we find ourselves looking at the pose, outfit, or…

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