Yoga Life is an Ashtanga-based, alignment-focused, Power Vinyasa studio located in Saint Joseph, MI. At Yoga Life, we promote physical, emotional and mental well-being through a mindfully physical yoga practice, meditation and breathing techniques.

 

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Ashtanga Primary Series: The Foundation of Vinyasa Yoga

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Do you practice any type of Vinyasa (meaning flow) style Yoga? Then this workshop is a must-attend!

All of the foundational aspects of a flow-style class have their roots in Ashtanga Primary Series: forward bends, backbends, twists, chaturangas, arm balances and float throughs, just to name a few. The popularization of vinyasa and power yoga (and mainly the physical aspect solely) in the West has covered up the importance of its roots: ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga is an ancient system that was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927. Simply translated, ashtanga means 8 limbs (ashta means eight in sanskrit). Those 8 limbs include Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (total peace). The primary (first) series of Ashtanga Yoga is a set sequence of asanas (postures) practiced in the same order each time that begins with sun salutations followed by a well-rounded sequence of standing postures, seated postures and finishings. In this workshop, Hilaire will break down all aspects of this multi-faceted primary series to fine tune your practice as a whole from the inside out, covering all of the limbs beyond just asana. Every practice becomes more meaningful when we understand its intention and its roots. Come prepared to listen, discuss and work hard! All levels welcome!

219 Main St Saint Joseph, MI 49085

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