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  •  Great studio, awesome people, wonderful energy! All the classes are great but I really enjoy Julie and Bashi's slow burn classes.
    ~ Jessica Szarama Seaman



What is Ashtanga Yoga?

The practice of Ashtanga yoga is a vigorous style of yoga that purifies the body from the inside out. Three points of attention are the basis for this practice. Yoga poses (asanas) yogic breathing (pranayama) and a specific gaze point for each movement (dristi). The poses are arranged sequentially so that each pose builds upon the next. The asanas are practiced in the same sequence each and every time you come to the mat.

This particular system of Ashtanga yoga is derived from the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois the "father of Ashtanga yoga". Pattabhi Jois learned this dynamic method from his Guru Krishnamacharya. In turn, Jois has handed his teachings down to thousands of students around the world.

Ashtanga yoga is more than just an exercise routine. It is a body awareness technique. One that will help you experience a deeper level of peace, increased energy, better health and greater happiness. Literally translated, Ashtanga means "eight limbs" which are defined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Jois believed that a consistent practice of all eight limbs of the yoga path transforms the mind to a peaceful place.

The practice always begins with a series of poses called Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation). There are two variations of Surya Namaskara used in the Ashtanga method. Surya Namaskara A and Surya Namaskara B. The practice then builds with a series of standing postures, seated poses, backbends, finishing postures and a closing sequence. The entire Primary series takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Currently, Empower Yoga offers a short form of the primary series. Classes range from 60-75 minutes. The teaching methods and practices at Empower Yoga are derived from the roots of Ashtanga Yoga as developed by Patthabi Jois.

There are many opportunities to develop your Ashtanga practice at Empower Yoga. Monday through Thursday early morning Ashtanga/short form is offered from 6am-7am. Thursday mornings 8:30-9:30am. Friday and Sunday evenings a 75 minute short form class is offered from 5:00-6:15pm. Whether a beginner or an experienced practitioner Ashtanga provides the perfect space to grow and develop as a student.

Everyone comes to yoga at a different space. Entering the world of yoga is an important step toward living a more centered, joyful and peaceful life. Yoga is an open invitation. A chance to live to your highest potential. Always evolving, always changing.

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Benefits of a Consistent Yoga Practice - Part 2

Benifits of yoga

In this part 2 in a series we continue to explore the benefits of yoga with a consistent practice.

1. Mindfulness
Think of the asanas (the postures) and the breath as a dance. We link the asana to the breath and flow in and out of the postures to the rhythm of the breath. As we practice, the breath always remains and the asanas change. As you practice a more vigorous or challenging asana the quality of the breath may change. It's then, that in being mindful we can choose to modify or intensify a pose. Staying with the breath and relaxing into the poses is how we cultivate mindfulness and inner peace.

2. Awareness
Yoga is a powerful mindful practice. Inviting us with every breath and every movement to be in the present moment, to enjoy being in the 'now'. By being fully present, there is no need to worry or think about the past or the future. We are able then to bring awareness to the thoughts arising, notice them and let them go. By staying aware and present in your practice you will begin to feel peaceful, balanced calm and energized.

3. Gratitude
Cultivating mindfulness and practicing awareness helps to bring about feelings of gratitude. By accepting where you are at the present moment, appreciating the gifts in your life, you are creating more abundance and blessings. Being grateful and realizing the gifts in your life will make you feel content and fill your heart with compassion and appreciation.

4. Happiness
Yoga teaches us to be ourselves, knowing that we are accepted for who we are. We are safe to go deep, and release stored emotions that may arise to the surface. We have the ability to let go of what does not serve us and make space for new experiences. Even when the asanas are challenging, we come back to the breath, observe with the minds eye, soften in and return to the simplicity of the practice.

These are just a few of the many wonderful benefits of this practice. A consistent practice has been proven to to help develop insight, awareness, stillness and happiness.

"Do your practice and all is coming" ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

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