Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

Ashtanga means 'Eight limbs or eight fold' path to liberation. However the modern day Ashtanga Vinyasa flow we practise is a contemporary physical form of Hatha yoga that has been put into a sequence and popularized by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in the late 20th century and his yoga students, that is now taught in most of the Ashtanga yoga training worldwide. He also visited west and taught Ashtanga primary series, which was widely accepted and practised because of the beautiful sequence placed along with an intense victorious Ujjayi breathe, that strengthens the body and calms the mind.

India with its huge contribution to the world in terms of body, mind and spirit alignment has been a very popular spot for Yoga students to travel and understand what they are seeking through this thousand years old ancient practice. We at Himalayan Yoga Bliss implement and teach advanced Ashtanga yoga training where the first primary series of Ashtanga is thoroughly covered. Sri. Jois's Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is not to be confused with the ancient practice of sage Maharishi Patanjali's eight fold path to liberation, also popularly known and studied as 'Yoga sutras of Patanjali'.

Ashtanga Vinyasa flow is divided into six sets or series. To be able to teach and enter the next set one has to have mastered the series they will be teaching. It is said that Sri. Patabhi Jois on the orders of his beloved Guru Sri. Krishnamacharya traveled around India to search this ancient book and finally found it almost destroyed and half eaten by book worms in a library in Kolkata. The book known as Yoga Korunta is said to have had all the information on the traditional practise of Ashtanga yoga training. This style of yoga is beautifully designed to work on the spine the store house of our Pranic force also known as 'Chakras' or our energy centres. In the physical body this practise opens and work on various body parts building stamina and strength in our muscles by using its full potential. Over a period of time an Ashtanga yogi finds extreme flexibility in their muscles at the same time being extremely aware of the limitations of their joints when the compression is met. Being a strong and challenging series, this practice can also be prone to injuries, so a careful approach to the postures is a must with the guidance of an experienced Teacher.

Throughout the practise, the student is guided to use an intense and shallow Ujjayi breathe, along with a specific Dristi and Bandha. During our Ashtanga yoga training we teach students the importance of the Ujjayi breath, Dristis or specific points to gaze during every posture to take control of our wandering eyes and special contraction of muscles known as Bandhas to help students get into postures with balance and control avoiding injuries. Intense heat produced by brilliant supply of Ujjayi breath during the practise is extremely cleansing and melts the unwanted toxins from the body. This cleanses the physical body and unblocks the "Nadis" or energy tubes in our astral or emotional body. Along with the cleansing of the toxins from the physical body and other accumulated materials, our Subtle and astral body is also cleansed off its negative unwanted emotions and psychological blockages.

When this style of Yoga is practised keeping the traditional aspects in mind, utmost harmony of our physical body to our mind and spirit is achieved. This harmony brings a practitioner to this peaceful state of being as though high in life. Our traditional Ashtanga yoga training in the Himalayas is a beautiful way of understanding that blissful state that the ancient Yogis have experienced for thousands of years, finally sharing this beautiful practise to the modern world. I strongly believe that "Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self". This beautiful but deeply philosophical line in Bhagwad Gita opens us to the understanding that whatever we want to achieve is inside Us. There is no need to go any further because the divine resides within all of us. When we discover our true self through our inner journey we understand that the only way OUT is IN. Disciplined practice of any form of Yoga teaches us to empty the space within by understanding the true reality. Through this space of bliss and awareness we make an infinite connection to everything around us, understanding that we are actually not at all separate but an important part of the whole universe. Like rivers run from various directions to finally meet in the ocean likewise every aspect of Yogic philosophy teaches us to finally discover and meet with this space of tranquility within. The paths are many but the goal is only one.

Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Vinyasa yoga is one of the various styles of yoga that we practise in most of the Yoga schools today. The speciality of vinyasa yoga is our deeper connection to our breathe “The Prana”. This form of yoga has a widely known health and mental benefits to those who practice it regularly, as it stimulates all the parts of your body, your mind and your spirit.

How does it different from the other yoga types?
Vinyasa yoga is derived from Hatha yoga. However it differs in few crucial aspects from its predecessor. Vinyasa yoga is usually fast paced compared to hatha yoga. The asanas are practised as a series of movements which are coordinated with the breath. The slow shallow breathing and the transition from one asana to the other receives significant emphasis in Vinyasa Yoga. If you are doing a Yoga Training then Asanas involving upward movements are associated with inhalation of the breath, while those involving downward movements are associated with exhalation of the breathe.

The continuous movements involving transitions from one posture to another, offers you additional cardiovascular benefit, which most of the other conventional forms of yoga does little. Regular practice of Vinyasa yoga can improve in strengthening of the muscles, persistence and versatility, and gently eliminate all levels of stress.

Vinyasa yoga features a high level of diversity. The pace at which the asanas are practiced may vary at your own convenience. Also there is no restriction on the sequence of asanas that one should follow. Yoga Instructors may modify the sequence of the asanas based on the physical ability of the trainee. In fact, the name Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word which in English means “variations within criteria”. This versatility of Vinyasa Yoga allows the teacher to customize the sequences of asanas according to their own philosophy and comfort of the student. So, if one session doesn’t work for you, you may try another, until you find the one suitable for you.

If you intend to try out this Vinyasa yoga for yourself, here are few quick tips for getting started. Let me tell you how you do it. I would be certainly surprised if you don’t notice a complete change on your life.

Consult your doctor before you start, to confirm that you do not have no medical obligations that might turn yoga or other workouts harmful for you. Look for a yoga institute that offer vinyasa yoga with a skilled and qualified Yoga instructor. This is truly the best way to begin, because practicing under the guidance of an instructor is safe and knowledgeable. A good Instructor will provide timely feedback and valuable advice that ensures you to start out right. Also practicing yoga at home may develop bad habits due lack of guidance and also exposes you to increased risk of injury.

Check out what you need to carry to the class. Though many institutes offer equipments on rent, you may like to carry your own mat, some workout clothes or other basic equipment for yoga practice. Always remember that you are not contesting against your peers. Don’t compare your performance with what the other people in the class are doing. Focus only on your own body and your own breath. India has some of the best Yoga schools you might want to come and start the right way. Goodluck!

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

Hatha yoga is one of the most sought after and chosen style of yoga in the world and that’s not all, hatha yoga has strong philosophy behind this and I will illustrate most of them in this post. Hatha yoga is composed of six parts but very less people know that and are only aware of the two which are asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control), alongside that hatha yoga is the most common type of yoga in the world and one of the ancient, classical style too.

The traditional hatha Yoga is slightly different from the contemperory hatha yoga and both has different goals, benefits, importance, etc. Traditional hatha yoga is chosen and practiced more because it is less body oriented, on the other hand, modern hatha styles are focused more on the physical body.

Himalayan Yoga Bliss provides comprehensive Hatha Yoga Teacher training in India with best in class facilities and from highly experienced teachers.

Understanding Hatha Yoga

 Strength and Immunity: 
“Ha” the Sun and “Tha” the Moon is the combination of the two energy that determines our entire existence. These two forces constantly plays with us in our everyday lives and is a backup force behind how we act, behave, emotionally react and how in ease and free of “disease” are we. A healthy balnced created through this practice bring out strong sense of well being and immunity.

 Habits & Balance: 
This beautiful balance of the Sun and Moon makes us more aware of our duality and our reaction to the nature. A good Yoga practioner is aware of this flow of nature and continously growing closer to the harmony of nature and understanding the clash of duality which becomes our personalities. Yoga teacher training in Himalayan Yoga Bliss, India is focused on these various paths of Yoga and its vast philosphy on the ancient Hatha Practice.

 Cleaning Process 
The six cleansing techniques or the "Shatkriyas" are the ancient Yogic approach to cleanse the body. The physical body being our temple is the goal of every Yogi to keep it clean and serene. A clean balanced body is a channel to finally reach and master the unruly mind. This is the core philosophy of "Hatha" practice.

Sat-Chid-Ananda. This means through our true conciousness we are finally able to master the cosmic illusion created by our mind and reveal the truth to discover the Bliss that is our true nature. Our month long foundational 200 hours Yoga Teachers training in the Himalayas will guide along our TTC students to understand this foundation to enter the practise of Yoga. Hari Om tat sat.

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