Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

 
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The Practice

Vina vinyasa yogena asanadin na karayet
— Oh yogi, do not do asana without vinyasa (Vamana)
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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic form of hatha yoga which focuses on asana (posture) and pranayama (breath control) to lead to pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration) and dhyana (meditation). The practice is a set sequence of postures that is designed to detoxify the body, restore physical health and strengthen the system to be less susceptible to future issues. The method uses 'vinyasas' dynamic movements that link each posture, creating an uninterrupted flow of energy that heats up the body. The vinyasa directly works to strengthen the nervous system, whilst also bringing oxygen to the blood, nourishing the glands and internal organs. As the heat rises, unwanted toxins are burned up and released through perspiration, creating a lighter and stronger body and a clearer mind. 

More than just a physical experience, this building of heat in the body flames the internal spiritual fire: the heat to know the Self. The practice will also burn through mental and emotional blockages; any excess thoughts, distractions, worries, anxiety, creating a release in the mind and a feeling of lightness and space. There is freedom in the movement. It is in these open, free places that we can discover what yoga truly is: a method of bringing life and vitality into blocked areas. 

At the same time, concentration is trained by the use of specific 'drishtis', gaze points, which keep the attention internal rather than becoming distracted by looking around the room. By breathing deeply and creating a soft sound with the breath, the mind also becomes tuned to listen to yourself and your own rhythm, so the focus becomes deeply internal. If practiced in this way, freedom returns to the body and in that freedom comes a deep listening to the song of the soul. The dynamic movements and physical asanas become a moving meditation, in time to your own beat.

 

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dance to the rhythm of the self.

 

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Victoria is an experienced Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, specialising in both Primary and Intermediate Series as well as yoga philosophy.  Victoria is a senior certified teacher and began mentoring other trainee Ashtanga teachers in 2014, eventually assisting and then guest teaching on several Ashtanga teacher training programs with Abhijna School of Yoga, India.  Currently, she is running her own public and private classes in BC, Canada, while also offering Ashtanga Vinyasa workshops and immersions designed to promote self-practice and to guide students  into a deeper understanding of the teachings.