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Ashtanga Vinyasa

traditional yoga instruction
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YOGASCITTAVRTTINIRODHAH: yoga is the restraint of the tendencies of the mind 
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Angelique is authorized by Sri R. Sharath Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India

Ashtanga translates as Eight Limbs referring to Patanjali's sutras written more than 2000 years ago in which he systematizes an approach to yoga.  The third of these limbs is Asana, a device that connects the mind and body through use of the breath.
The Ashtanga Asana system began its development when in the early 20th century, Krishnamacharya went to his guru in the Himalayas.  There he was instructed in the Yoga Korunta, an ancient text written on a dried palm, and learned the asana practices.  In the 1920's, a twelve year old boy Sri K. Pattabhi Jois became his student.  The asana practice that was taught to him by Krishnamacharya has become the current Ashtanga system.
The word “asana” translates most literally as "seat", meaning postures or modes of sitting.  Ashtanga Yoga organizes sequences of postures into six separate series.  The first, Yoga Chikitsa is intended to align and purify the body.  The second, Nadi Shodhana, works mainly with the nervous system.  The remaining four series integrate strength, flexibility, and movement.  The primary series is the beginning as all series are intended to be practiced progressively under the guidance of a qualified teacher.  The primary series introduces the principles that synchronize breath and movement, linking the body to the mind.  In this way, it is a foundation for the other limbs of yoga.
Ashtanga is a Vinyasa system.  It is a dynamic, scientific, purposeful approach.  The specific moves are done with specific breath.  The integration of each asana is maximized as we return to a neutral position between.  The physical work then affects the subtle layers and the nervous system, essential for yoga, bringing about profound physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual results.  

Each pose is linked, movement on the breath
Comes from neutral, the slate wiped clean
Circulation improves, reducing disease and blocked energy
Spine bends forward and back
Energy centers are stimulated, inner strength developed
Vital energy is encouraged to rise
Breath is deep, heat results, purifies, manipulates
Gaze directs intention of energy
Mind learns focus, nervous system is cleansed
Physical, mental, and emotional strength arises
Reveals the spirit
It is gradual and dynamic
​SAHANAVAVATU SAHANAU-BHUNATTU SAHA-VIRYAM-KARA VAVAHAI
TEJASWI NAVADHI TAMASTU MA VIDVISHAVAHAI