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About Yoga

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

Astanga yoga is an ancient system of yoga brought to wide knowledge by Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois (1915 - 2009), who learned the system from his guru Krishnamacharya. Literally Astanga yoga means eight limbed yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. The first four limbs (ethical guidelines, posture and breath control) can be practiced externally, whereas the latter four are internal and arise spontaneously as a result of an established practice.

Pattabhi Jois encouraged to start the practice from asana (posture) practice. Asana practice is important as it brings stability to both body and mind and prepares the practitioner for other, more subtle aspects of yoga. It purifies and strengthens the body, calms the mind and generates health and an overall sense of well-being.

The main components of  asana practice are vinyasa (breathing and movement system), tristhana (three places of attention: posture, breathing system and gazing point (drishti)). Mula and udiyana bandhas (anal and lower abdominal locks) are important components of the breathing system. Read more.

Over time, Ashtanga yoga practice brings forth clarity and peace of mind. A continuous practice done with dedication and diligency leads to internal purification, and gradually clears off the obstacles to realizing one's true Self.

Astanga Yoga emphasizes conscious breathing in coordination with physical movement (Vinyasa). By harmonizing these two, you can create a meditative, focused state of mind as well as increase your stamina, strength, and flexibility.

The movement is a sequence of postures. The process produces a strong internal heat and sweat that purifies and strengthens the body, resulting in a profound sense of vitality. This in turn has a profound effect on the mind. Thinking becomes clearer, and one experiences a unique calmness and clarity.

Done with awareness Astanga yoga is a moving meditation where body and mind learn to dance as one. It's a tool of personal growth that is as fun as it is transforming.

Yoga also means union, connection of the individual soul, your own being, with the universal soul, pure consciousness. It is a well-tested practical philosophy of life that originating in India many thousands of years ago. It is a collection of physical exercises and mental practices to align our body, calm our minds and achieve our highest potential.

Techniques of yoga are thousands of years old, yet they are maybe more valid today than ever before. Yoga continues to evolve through the years to meet the needs of every individual - to help us rediscover our fullest potentials. Yoga helps you to move through life being conscious and aware.

Astanga Yoga benefits

  • A light and energized physical feeling.
  • Calms the mind, improves memory, concentration and quality of life.
  • A journey of discovery in body and mind.
  • Improves spiritual awareness and feeling.
  • Cleans the body of poisons gathered through an unhealthy lifestyle.
  • Replenishes lost energy and life force to the body.
  • Keeps body and mind youthful, fresh and powerful.
  • Improves nutritional intake.
  • Improves quality and consciousness of breath.
  • Improves immune system, metabolism and endurance.
  • Defined and soft muscles, reduces unnecessary fat.
  • Therapeutic for muscle stress and pain; inner organs and bowel system are benefited.
  • Functions as an effective supplementary practice for sport and physical activities.
  • Reduces the risk of over-extending and damaged muscles.

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Struensegade 15A, 5 th.
2200 Copenhagen N
Phone. +45 61 67 67 90

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Bus routes to the studio: 12 og 66 stop Skyttegade (Rantzausgade), 3A stop Rantzausgade Griffenfeldsgade, 68 stop H.C. Ørsteds Vej (Åboulevard)

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