True Self Ashtanga

True Self Ashtanga Personalized Yoga Classes

True Self Ashtanga yoga offering professional personalized yoga courses and instruction to those seeking balance of mind and body. A place to nurture minds, bodies & spirits. True self Ashtanga is a one of a kind course and instructor looking for those who wish to reap the many benefits of ashtanga yoga, with the cultural teachings commonly found in many yoga programs across the world. Were excited to share our diverse collective of expertise to our clients.

The Ashtanga Method

The Ashtanga Yoga method purifies the internal systems of the body, clears emotional and psychological blockages and frees the student to experience a new depth of consciousness within themselves and their lives. When you begin the practice there are a series of simple movements in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series that will help you tap into the immense power of this sacred lineage to heal your body and train your mind. There is six series of postures in the ashtanga system. Yoga Chikista (The primary series) translates as yoga therapies. Yoga Chikista refers  to restoring the health to the physical body, the primary series is the gateway into the Ashtanga system. like creation names of the asanas (postures) come  from four groups: lifeless forms, animals, humans, and divine forms. Lifeless forms occur predominantly in the primary series. The secondary series in mainly postures named after animals and later the human race when building into postures names after the ancient rishis. The third and fourth series are names after divine forms. Vinyasa (linking the postures) is essential in making the ashtanga method effective. Flowing into and unlocking the full potential of each posture, breath and movement. By energizing and heating the body through breath control and motion you can unlock the subtle energies of the body. The fundamentals vinyasa (linking of the postures), bandhas (energy control), drishti (looking  place/focus point), and pranayama (breath) all create a moving meditation, where every breath is conscious.

The Eight Limbs Of Ashtanga Yoga

Yamas

The first limb the Yamas consists of a set of ethics, in which you interact harmoniously with your surroundings. The ethical morals are as follows: no harm toward others, honesty, non to theft, being loyal to your partner and protecting your sexual energies, and to abstain from greed.

Ni-Yamas

The second limb the Ni-Yamas our observances which ensures that the body, and mind will not be polluted once purified. Observances offers both mental and physical cleanliness. the first two limbs are implemented from the outside and form a platform for your practice.

Asana

The third limb is Asana (Posture) many obstacles to knowing ones true self are manifested in the physical body, through your asana practice your can purify the physical body. “Strong like the body of a lion” to quote Shri K Pattabhi Jois. After the initial excitement of the asana practice with the body you start to sink into what asana and more so ashtanga can do for your mind and soul.

Pranayama

The fourth limb is Pranayama (Breath Control) the continuous prana. Your breath is your life energy. In the vinyasa system the Ujjayi breath is practiced. Letting your movement follow your breath, breathing into all parts of the body.

Pratyahara

The fifth limb Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) if someone is pre occupied by something during practice they might be sluggish, lazy. In vinyasa yoga sense withdrawal is practiced through a dristi, or looking point, keeping you internal. The eyes captured by your focal point, your ears drawn by the sound of your pranayama (breath) and feeds the body the oxygen for quality asana. Then the state of divine consciousness is recognized.

Dharana

The sixth limb is Dharana (Concentration). By keeping the mind captivated you are able to minimize the fluctuation of the mind. when meditating it starts as a slow or small focus to prepare for full awareness which is nothing but the true self. In vinyasa yoga this is  practiced by engaging bandas, and the bonding of breath and awareness.

Dhyana

The seventh limb is Dhyana (Meditation). “Be” instead of “Becoming”. Vinyasa is the constant entering and exiting of postures, that we never hold on to. Meditations itself is based on impermanence. Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.

Samadhi

The eighth limb is Samadhi. In samadhi the thought waves are suspended, which leads to consciousness of the divine self. Patanjali said “Memory is purified, as if emptied of its own form”. This final state is pure ecstatic true being.