Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - More details

In the previous article I wrote about the main features of Ashtanga, but in addition to those already mentioned there are others. Each Asan is maintained for 5 complete breaths, but when you are a beginner, you can keep each for 3 breaths, although this depends on what the teacher sees as suitable.

Another feature is that the length of both inspiration and expiration must be equal. It is also typical of Ashtanga and perhaps most striking for the first timer to see participants practicing jumps between some of the asana.

For example in the Surya namaskar (salute to the sun) both A and B and the transition between Uttanasana Chaturanga Dandasana, takes place with a leap, and the same thing from Adho Mukho Svanasana (dog upside down) to Uttanasana.

And perhaps also the Chaturanga leap it is essential to take the utmost care, because if you do it incorrectly, letting the full weight of the falling body be supported by your lower back, you can, of course, do some damage in that area of your spine and lower back body. It just takes experience to learn how to avoid such problems.

But what is essential is not that you know all this, but you should be encouraged to try this style, because it generates in your body an energy more powerful than in other styles. As with many things in life it takes knowledge, practice and dedication to reach a good standard of practice that can give higher physical and mental rewards than other common yoga styles.

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