About Ashtanga Yoga and the benefits of my self-practice
What is Ashtanga Yoga and how I discovered it
In ashtanga yoga, the asanas are very attractive and acrobatic, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. When the body starts to breathe and calm down, you start to enter another space of consciousness, this is the moving meditation!
Ashtanga yoga is an intensely physical and athletic kind of yoga. Ashtanga practice represents a set of precise series of poses done in sequential order, linked together with breath. Following the predefined progressive series of postures a practitioner creates a process that produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Ashtanga yoga literally means « eight-limbed yoga » and refers to the eight steps that basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. These are moral and ethical guidelines, postures, breath work, sense withdrawal, concentration, and meditation limbs that are described in the Yoga Sutra.
I have discovered Ashtanga Yoga during me trip to Sri Lanka and after practicing it for several years I have decided to dedicate myself to this practice. I have followed the 200 hour teacher training guided by Linda Munro and Gérald Disse in Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Paris. I am very grateful to have such amazing teachers who have generously shared their knowledge and transmitted their passion about yoga as a lifestyle. Linda has studied with Ron Reid, Eddie Stern, David Swenson, and Gerald has spent 8 years travelling to Mysore learning from the Indian yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois himself, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga.
After teaching half-time for a while in Paris, I have decided to move to Costa Rica and dedicate myself to teaching. Having arrived to Costa Rica I have been working in an Ecolodge as the main yoga instructor. I have also started the 300 hour teacher training with Marla Meenakshi Joy and Ron Reid who has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois.
Now living and teaching in Playa Guiones, Nosara in my turn I am happy to share this incredible practice and all its physical and mental benefits with you!
New to Yoga: practical information
Please arrive to class 5-10 minutes early. The classes begin promptly on time. You may disturb other practitioners by entering once the class has already started.
Please silence your phone when you arrive.
Be well hydrated. Don’t practice on a full stomach. Drink before the class. Traditionally it is advised not to drink during the class: drinking water can interfere with some postures, it also cools the system down and puts out the subtle fires.
Listen to your body. Everyone has his own level, and his own limits. Remember that this is a practice for your well being. There is no competition with your yoga mat neighbors.
Have fun! There is no judgement, no performing, just a great workout & great people!