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The Nuanced Vinyasas of Prasarita Padottanasana

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Asanas, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Teacher Training

Finding the Joy in Prasarita Padottanasana Situated in the Ashtanga Yoga standing series, nestled after the Surya Namaskara and the first foundational postures of the Ashtanga Yoga series, the four postures of the Prasarita Padottanasana sequence have a very simple message: “Good morning!” Every daily Ashtanga yoga practitioner is familiar with the hard practice days. The days where morning seems to come especially early, the body and the brain don’t seem to be...

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One Breath At A Time: The Practice of Vinyasa

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga

“O yogi, do not do asana without vinyasa.” Central to the physical practice of Ashtanga yoga, these words of the sage Vamana are core to the teachings of this dynamic practice. Vinyasa, for the Ashtanga yoga practitioner, is seen as an integral part of the physical practice, as vital as asana itself. But what exactly is vinyasa? And why is it treated with such vehement importance? The definition of vinyasa Like many words in Sanskrit, vinyasa is a term with more than one...

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