Ashtanga yoga is very different from other yoga methods, and most likely it is unlike anything else you have experienced before. There is nothing random. Each asana has its place and role in a set sequence. The more you practice, the more you start noticing the inner intelligence of the sequence, from the beneficial effects of each individual asana to the way they all are arranged in order to complement and enhance each other, preparing you for the next step. Each sequence is like a separate journey within which is meant for deeper transformation and personal lessons from it.
In ashtanga yoga, practitioners do not do any action without “vinyasa” – synchronization of every move and every breath. Each vinyasa has its own number in the Sanskrit counting system, similar to the music notes in a song. The breath itself is quite special, ashtangis produce sound breathing that deepens the breath and generates detoxifying heat. In addition to this, in every asana we hold “bandhas” (energy locks) and focus on “dristi” (gazing point). Together vinyasa, sound breath, bandhas, and dristi create something magical and deeply personal known as a “moving meditation”.
Ashtanga can be practiced in two formats: Mysore and LED class. Mysore is a traditional way of learning the method, which is really beneficial for both complete beginners and more advanced yogis. All practitioners go through the sequence of postures at their own pace and receive personal instructions from the teacher, whenever they need help. In LED classes (guided), all students go through the postures at the same time tuning into a mutual flow. This practice serves as a mirror and a powerful tool for self-inquiring, healing, evolving, and self-empowering.