25 Jan 11 Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga on Saturday’s at 10:30AM-12PM @ The Body Studio, Northwood Hills.
I am an experienced and dedicated Ashtanga yoga teacher who has studied extensively with the Ashtanga Guru in Mysore, South India. I cannot wait to share this life-changing yoga practice with you!
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11 Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga It’s an ancient and traditional yoga practice steeped in spirituality. Ashtanga also happens to have some very surprising health benefits. Ashtanga can help us to find health in body and mind in an often stressful modern world.
1 Cardiovascular Fitness Ashtanga is a “vinyasa” style of yoga which means it’s a moving, not a static yoga style. Anyone who has practiced the sun salutations at the beginning of any Ashtanga class knows how much they get the heart rate up and the blood pumping!
2 Core Strength Ashtanga creates exceptional core strength and really connects us with those sometimes-elusive deep core muscles. Many people who suffer from lower back pain find this strength alleviates it.
3 Improves joint range of movement Ashtanga increases the range of movement in our joints so we are more agile and move with more grace and ease, rather than stiffen with age. We can bend down without creaking!
4 Counteracts the damage of sitting Many of us spend hours each day sitting. This creates a lot of pressure on the lower back, tightens the hamstrings and the hips. Sitting with our hips flexed all day means they become “locked” and in time we are no longer able to utilise the ball and socket joint of the hip i.e. allow the joint to move in all directions. Sitting all day is also bad news for our core. Regular Ashtanga practice brings you back to a healthy fully functioning body that feels light and free.
5 Ashtanga is not a stretching class! Simply Stretching muscles is not particularly beneficial. Ashtanga creates strong lean muscles and we focus on lengthening not stretching.
6 Ashtanga teaches us how to breathe correctly A powerful tool in overcoming stress and anxiety. The breathing practiced in Ashtanga helps us to manage our “fight or flight” response to stressful situations and react in a more reasoned way.
7 Awareness We become more aware of how we sit, stand and move as we go about our day so our posture improves and we are less likely to create further issues in our body.
8 Learn an invaluable life skill Ashtanga is a set sequence you will learn by heart. It becomes part of your daily life and enables you to learn a life skill that will enhance your quality of life.
9 Self-care You feel more inclined to look after yourself as you become more in tune with yourself. Suddenly you are eating healthier and making better choices for your overall health.
10 You realise anything is possible! When I started to practice Ashtanga I found a lot of the postures impossible and often said “I’ll never be able to do that” Some postures took years to master but it taught me perseverance and patience and that with the right attitude anything is possible!
11 Clarity of mind Yoga was created thousands of years ago, yet we need it more today than ever before. We are subjected to constant bombardment of images and information, especially those of us glued to our iPhone and social media! We are constantly on the go. The quiet time, mindful movement and introspection of yoga can sow the seeds for a more focused mind and counteract the stress and overwhelm that over stimulation causes.
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