Cleansing and purification meltdown

Most colds and viruses are breathed in through the nose. From there they work their way through our system to the throat, chest, and into the entire respiratory system. One of the most effective ways of stopping that cycle is to clean out the nasal passages. A neti pot and some lightly salted water can do the job quite thoroughly. Nasal cleansing exerts a profound physiological effect on the body and mind. On the physical level, irrigation of the nasal mucosa removes accumulated mucus from the...

Awakening the fire within

Ashtanga yoga wakes up the internal fire. It ignites the dormant flame of vital life energy within all of us. The vinyasa system works with the synchronization of deep, rhythmic breathing and movement. By linking the postures it creates a continuous flow of energy that heats up the body, bringing oxygen to the blood, nourishing the glands and internal organs, cleansing and purifying the nervous system, releasing unwanted toxins through perspiration. As the heat goes up toxins are burned up and...

The history of Ashtanga Yoga

As the story goes, the ashtanga yoga system was reconstructed from a mysterious manuscript written on a bundle of palm leaves, the Yoga Korunta. This collection of verses on hatha yoga was discovered in the 1930's by yoga master and Sanskrit scholar Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his disciple K. Pattabhi Jois while researching Sanskrit texts at a Calcutta university library. The manuscript is dated to be between 500 and 1,500 year old. Krishnamacharya and Jois translated and reconstructed...

Capturing prana

When kundalini shakti is awakened and arises from her sleep, she is the vehicle for the expansion of consciousness, enabling the individual to fully develop his innate potential and rise beyond the mundane realm of birth and death to the level of divinity. Mula bandha is the force or energy created by lifting the pelvic floor and controlling the breath. It is the root lock and calls the fire within that causes everything to come alive, to move. Mula bandha increases flexibility and stimulates...

Parivrtta Trikonasana Revolving Triangle

Parivrtta revolved Tri three Kona angle 1. Exhale, revolve around pulling left hip back, bringing left hand to the floor on the outside of the right foot, right arm up, keep shoulders moving down, away from ears. Push on floor with bottom hand while pulling up with the top hand to create counter tension. Lengthen both sides and pull lower ribs toward front. It helps to step the back foot up a bit. On last exhale turn head to look down to hand on floor. 3. Exhale, revolve around to the other...

Sun salutation the dawning of a ritual

By tradition, at dawn, the yogis practiced greeting the sun with a salutation. A yoga session is incomplete without it. An ideal exercise to get you moving, Surynamaskara welcomes the new day, preparing for the asanas, heating up the body, toning up the muscles, quickening and intensifying the respiration and cardiac rhythm. The sun salutation is the foundation of your practice, it establishes the connection of movement and breath, uniting body, mind, and spirit. Not only is the sun salutation...

The primary series

There are 6 series or sequences of postures in the ashtanga yoga system. This manual focuses on the primary, or first series, which is known as yoga chikitsa yoga therapy . It is designed to heal, detoxify, and align the body and mind, particularly the spine. The sequencing of postures is a science, set up so that each asana provides a necessary foundation for what follows. We always begin with the sun salutations and standing postures to generate heat and connect with the breath. The first...

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana Hand To Big Toe Posture

Utthita extended Hasta hand Pada foot Padangustha big toe 1. Inhale, right leg up, hold big toe with first two fingers of right hand, left hand on hip, right leg straight. 2. Exhale, chin towards knee. Drishti big toe. Modified posture hold knee into chest. 3. Inhale, look up, straighten body, keeping leg extended out. 4. Exhale, right leg out to right side, look to left. Drishti far to side. 6. Exhale, take foot with both hands, pull leg toward chest bending elbow , chin toward knee or shin....

Ubhaya Padangusthasana Both Big Toes Posture

Ubhaya both Pada foot Angustha big toe 1. Inhale, bring both legs over head so that the toes touch the floor holding onto big toes with thumbs and first two fingers of each hand, chin to chest. Hold one breath. 3. Inhale, roll up to balance on tailbone and sit bones, arms and legs extended, head back, look up. Modified bend knees as you come up to balance on tailbone and slowly straighten legs, or just keep them bent. Lift chest. PALMS TO FLOOR, VINYASA TO LYING DOWN.

Prana

Mula Bandha

Prana literally means breathing forth the universal life force. Through practicing asana and pranayama, prana is brought into and stored in the body, increasing vitality. Prana mainly flows through the body in the nadis, or nerve channels of the astral body. Prana exists as a negative energy as well as a positive energy. Prana moves upward and apana moves downward. When the two unite at the muladara chakra base of spine kundalini dormant cosmic energy is...

Utkatasana Fierce Pose

Inhale, hands up, look up to thumbs. 2. Exhale, forward bend, gaze nose. 3. Inhale, head up, gaze 3rd eye. 4. Exhale, bend knees, jump back to Chaturanga. 5. Inhale to upward dog, lift chest. 6. Exhale back to downward dog. 7. Inhale, head up, bend knees and jump to top of mat, feet together. Straighten or lift upper body to erect position with knees bent, palms together but not clasped, arms as straight as possible pointed to ceiling. Deepen posture with each breath. Drishti thumbs Hold for...

Sun salutation B

Ashtanga Yoga Sun Salutation

Inhale, bend knees, lift arms, palms together over head, gaze at thumbs. 2. Exhale, straighten legs to a forward bend, Uttanasana, gaze at nose. 3. Inhale, head up, lengthen spine, gaze at third eye. 4. Exhale, jump back to Chaturanga Dandasana. 5. Inhale, lift chest, head back to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, upward facing dog, gaze at sky. 6. Exhale, lift hips to downward facing dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana, gaze toward navel. 7. Inhale, right foot forward, left heel turned inward. Virabhadrasana,...

Utthita Parsvakonasana Extended Side Angle Pose

Utthita extended Parsva side Kona angle 1. Inhale, jump to right, approximately 4 ft apart, arms out to the sides, left heel turned in, right foot parallel to edge of mat. 2. Exhale, bend right knee over right ankle, extend right arm out as far as possible before placing it on floor outside of the right foot, either palm or finger tips, keep the pelvis tucked, open chest toward ceiling, press right knee into right arm and push on floor with back foot, feeling of being drawn and quartered. 4....

Tiriang Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana Reverse The Leg Direction Of One Leg Intense East Stretch

Tiriang reverse Mukha Face Eka-pada one leg Paschima west back side of body Uttana intense stretch 1. Exhale through to sitting with right foot by right hip, knees close together, left leg extended straight out in front. Before starting pose, lift flesh of left buttock and make room for the right calf by turning it out a bit with hands. 3. Exhale, fold forward, hold top of foot with both hands or clasp left wrist with right hand around foot. 4. Inhale, look up between eyebrows. 5. Exhale, come...

Urdhva Mukha Paschimottasana Upward Facing Full Forward Bend

Urdhva upward Mukha face Paschima west 1. Inhale, bring both legs over head, toes to floor holding outside edges of feet with hands. Hold one breath. 3. Inhale, roll forward and up, pull chest to thighs. Drishti 3rd eye. Hold for 5-8 breaths. Modified keep knees bent as you roll up to balance, hold onto ankles or calves.

Viparivritta Parsvakonasana Revolving Side Angle Pose

Parivrita revolved Parsva side Kona angle 1. Exhale, turn to right bending right knee directly over right ankle. Bring left elbow on the outside of right knee and place hands in prayer, spiraling chest open to ceiling looking skyward. Use breath to move deeper into the posture lifting belly off of thigh. To revolve even more fully into the posture level 2 of the pose as indicated in the drawing , reach left arm underneath right thigh and clasp wrist of right arm, always opening chest and...