Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

The Ashtanga Vinyasa is an energetic and uplifting style of yoga for those who are fit and well and wish to take part in a challenging and dynamic yoga practice.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is fantastic for toning, increasing both stamina and flexibility.

Our Ashtanga Vinyasa classes will help you to rapidly get into shape!

Practising Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga regularly is great for weight loss, as in this form of yoga you will build up a sweat!

It also helps to relieve stress and promotes relaxation.

Ashtanga Vinyasa is perfect for both physical and spiritual growth.

It is a really powerful form of yoga which with regular practice helps you to see a real difference in your flexibility and gain a buzz from the achievement of advanced postures, which look and feel amazing!

"I used to attend Pilates classes regularly and then running a business got in the way of me being able to attend a regular class. I am now really glad to be back! I love Hummingbird's Pilates and Yoga classes and the positive energy that the centre has. Attending Pilates regularly again has had a really positive impact on both my body shape and the way that I feel. Ashtanga private lessons were a great way for me to try yoga and I'm now hooked. Hummingbird is also home to an excellent physiotherapy clinic that has really helped me to look after my back."

Claire Davies

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Key benefits of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga:

  • Increases flexibility, strength and stamina
  • Weight loss
  • Toned physique
  • Improves posture
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Stress relief
  • Relaxation
  • Energy boost
  • Healthier body and mind

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History

At approximately the same time as Buddha was alive, many centuries ago, Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras which describe an eight limbed path of Ashtanga which could be followed to achieve spiritual enlightenment, namely:

  1. Yamas (ethical disciplines a bit like the ten commandments)
  2. Niyamas (self observation)
  3. Asana (postures)
  4. Pranayama (breath control)
  5. Pratyahara (sense withdrawal)
  6. Dharana (concentration)
  7. Dhyana (meditation)
  8. Samadi (a state of joy and peace)

Ashtanga Vinyasa was developed by the late K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Jois learned this method from Krishnamacharya, a great yogin and scholar who also taught Iyengar and Deschakar. From Krishnamacharya's teaching, Jois developed the practice into today's form of Ashtanga Yoga. Jois, Iyengar and Deschakar have taught thousands of students worldwide.

Ashtanga Vinyasa is a specialised sequence of postures arranged in 6 increasingly challenging series. For the majority of yogis, however, the primary and intermediate series are sufficiently challenging. Ashtanga is a dynamic marriage of breath, and movement which develop into a somewhat serpentine and energetic flow. In contrast to many other types of yoga, the poses, which flow from one to another, are rarely held for more than five breaths. The breath itself is as important as the movement and the yogin is required to breathe in a specialized way known as Ujjayi (Victorious) breath. This breath creates a sound which becomes a mantra to settle the mind, it also assists in building heat and movement of energy (prana) in the physical body.

The primary series of Ashtanga Yoga is called "Yoga Chikitsa" in Sanskrit, this can be translated as "Yoga Therapy". It is thought to be a healing and cleansing process for the body, the mind and the senses. Ashtanga combines breath and movement and through the continued practice the eight limbs above are nourished and develop.

The Ashtanga practice taught at the Hummingbird is recommended for people who wish to experience an energising and physical practice which develops a good overall level of fitness. In bodily terms the practice is good for toning the muscles and building stamina and flexibility, particularly in the legs, shoulders, back and core. The practice is also energetic enough to assist the student in achieving weight loss over if practised regularly. The breath and the pattern to the series make it particularly good for developing concentration and quieting the mind, helping provide the practitioner with essential life skills to combat stress and to relax. If the student has any relevant medical issues, it would be best to check with the teacher before beginning this practice as it may be advisable to undertake a few one to one sessions before joining a class.