Why We Practice Ashtanga Yoga, by Jodie Martin
Jodie Martin is a registered yoga instructor based in Asheville, NC, USA. She strives to offer compassionate and joyful yoga classes, grounded in the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga tradition.
Following a decade of practice and study with teachers in Australia and the United States, Jodie completed a 200 hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training program with It’s Yoga Nicaragua.
Jodie appreciates yoga as a holistic healing arts practice, providing guidance to learn more about ourselves, each other, and to live more peacefully in the world.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga According to Larry Schultz
Larry Schultz, the founder of It’s Yoga, said that “yoga is a practical method of bring peace and connectedness back into our lives.”
The Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice is a moving meditation and flowing breath-based practice. All asanas are linked by breath, and this practice helps to soothe the nervous system, clear the mind, and find inner focus.
It is both mentally and physically challenging, building strength, flexibility, and self-awareness. With a set sequence to be practiced six days per week, Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is designed to help us control our mind and body, We are forced to confront our weaknesses, to let go of our attachment to them and to the ego, so that we may grow and improve the quality of our practice and our life.
Our practice teaches us discipline, patience, and resilience. When we commit to a consistent Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice, we learn how to ease through challenges and change, both on and off the mat.
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga connects us to our innate wisdom and offers us the tools we need for a holistic lifestyle. Here, we can find optimal health, spiritual abundance, and live with joy and compassion. We love more. We are open. We learn about ourselves and others, and how to live more peacefully in our world.
5 Tips for Commiting to an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Home Practice
- Create a designated yoga space. It doesn’t need to be a separate room, though it will help to have a clean area you can use, and a shrine or inspirational artwork is helpful.
- Routine, routine, routine. Choose a time that works for you. Morning is often recommended, but if 7pm is your available time, stick to your schedule.
- Just get on the mat. Catarina (one of the trainers at It’s Yoga Nica) shares with teacher trainees to simply commit to standing in Samastithi at the top of your mat. Do 3 Sun Salutation A’s and 3 Sun Salutation B’s. You might find you can, and wish to, continue on after this.
- Continue to learn. Take classes, workshops, trainings. Find teachers and mentors that you connect with. Keep going. Supplement your yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation practices with reading. Find yoga books, spiritual readings, for knowledge and inspiration.
Undertaking Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga teacher trainiing allows you to be immersed in this practice, to explore it more deeply for yourself, and to be ready to share the blessings of yoga with others. Our yoga trainings in Ostional, Nicaragua are ideal for an immersion-style training, allowing you to unplug and find your focus.
Feel free to contact us with any questions. We would love to connect with you.
“Do your practice and all is coming.” Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.