2 yoga blogs in one day?! Yes because I had a yoga blog backlog. Hahaha
I went to my 3rd yoga class yesterday after work for my bi-weekly workout (I skipped workout last sunday) and that class was an ashtanga yoga class.
What is ashtanga yoga?
According to the yoga journal
This dynamic, physically demanding practice synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Ashtanga yoga, with its many vinyasas, is great for building core strength and toning the body. Prepare to sweat as you briskly move through a set sequence. Ashtanga Yoga was founded by K. Pattabhi Jois.
I felt that this is lacking a little more detail so I searched some more.
According to ashtanga.com
Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
True to what the article says (and as our teacher said) ashtanga yoga is a series of poses starting from easy ones to more dynamic ones. Options are given and monitoring your own pace is important. Key to ashtanga yoga is breathing so you really have to be mindful of how many breaths you take and the quality of the inhales and exhales.
It was more challenging than my previous vinyasa classes as this type of yoga holds poses for a longer time and it really requires endurance. This felt like I’m working more on my strength especially in the core region.
The highlight for me was my first step towards the inversion practice as they call it.
What is the inversion practice?
Strengthens. Inversions like Shoulderstand, Headstand, Handstand and Forearm Balance strengthen the arms, legs, back and core abdominal muscles.
So one of the most popular is the headstand which is what the teacher told me to start with. The key I learned is that the arms are the ones bearing the weight and not the head nor the neck. Stop the inversion once there’s pressure on the neck. Stay low for a few breaths after going down to avoid being dizzy.
I won’t go into details on how you start with it but one thing’s for sure, my arm kinda hurts right now.