Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient method of self-realization originated in India. It is a science that gives us the tools to bring back a peaceful mind and healthy body so easily lost in this fast-paced world.

 

Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, defined yoga as “the stillness of the fluctuations of the mind”, and explained the eight steps necessary to reach this state, therefore the name Ashtanga Yoga -Ashto= eight -Anga= limbs-

 

  • Yamas -Social behavior, moral codes, how we relate to the external world
    • Ahimsa -Non violence
    • Satya -Truthfulness
    • Asteya -Non stealing
    • Brahmacharya -Sexual responsibility
    • Aparigraha -Non attachment
  • Niyamas -Self discipline, how we relate to ourselves, the inner world
    • Sauca -Cleanliness
    • Santosha -Contentment
    • Tapas -Heat and purification
    • Svadhyaya -Self study
    • Ishvara pranidhana -Surrender to God
  • Asanas -Physical posture
  • Pranayama -Breath control
  • Pratyahara -Withdrawal of the senses
  • Dharana -Concentration
  • Dhyana -Meditation
  • Samadhi -Total peace

In Ashtanga Yoga Long Island we embrace and observe Yamas and Niyamas as our ethical and professional guidelines. Under this moral standards we incorporate compassion into our teaching behavior and create a safe environment in which the student can grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic and structured sequence of physical postures linked between each other with an specific numbers of vinyasas, and designed to create internal heat in the body.

There are six series of asanas (postures) in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system. The first one and most commonly practiced is Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy) and is meant to cleanse our internal organs.

The postures are traditionally taught in two different ways, Mysore style and led classes.

Mysore style class

In Mysore style classes the students are instructed individually and postures are given one by one by the teacher according to the student capacity within the group class. The students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga Yoga Series of asanas at their own pace and the teacher will be there to give physical adjustments, verbal instructions, or even to tell what the next asana is in case you don’t know. If you have trouble with a particular posture, the teacher will offer a modification that is consistent with the intention of the practice.

Mysore style is a simple, safe way to start practicing yoga, at the beginning your practice will last around 30 min., complete beginners are first taught the Surya Namaskar A and B, with additional postures being gradually added on according to the student’s abilities, both physical and mental.

Mysore style classes, when practicing in a regular way (from 4 to 6 days a week) will strengthen and purify the body making it light and strong, and will help to steady the nervous system, helping calming the mind through even breathing.

Traditionally Mysore classes are not taught on Saturdays and on moon days, Mysore classes will be replace by led classes on those days. Please check our calendar to see the full schedule.

 

Students in a morning Mysore practice at Yoga Utila, 2013

Students in a morning Mysore practice at Yoga Utila, 2013

Led class

Led class is the more common style yoga class that is offered in the West, where the teacher instructs the group together, leading the class in the order of the poses, usually in the half primary series (up to Navasana), full primary series, or second series.

In a led class the students learns how to connect one posture to the next one with the correct vinyasa system.

 

Students moving into warrior B in a led class at Yoga Colombia

Students moving into warrior B in a led class at Yoga Colombia