Sunday...Funday! It’s fun to practice at home because I’m able to work on things outside of my normal practice. L-sits are not easy for me so I need to use blocks. They definitely help build core strength and bandhas which I’m working on. There are a few poses I’m stuck on and L-sits will definitely help. Strength building is hard and I like to make all sorts of excuses for not doing it... I keep telling my yoga teacher they removed my bandhas when I had a C-section!🤣🤣🤣 Unfortunately, she’s not buying it so I guess I just have to work harder. 💪 🤪 Ringo knows I’m not a big fan of these so he gives me lots of love and support! 🐶🙏💗 #bandhas#astanga#yogaeverydamnday#getonyourmat#lovemyfurbaby#corestrength#perfectionisoverrated#wellness#practice
“Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.” - Jelaluddin Rumi
Video of @ginaazer finding her #balance in #vrschikasana - from Friday’s afternoon Mysore with @lisanovembre
Early reminder of this upcoming #fullmoon#restday on Saturday December 22nd. Our #holiday schedule runs from Sunday December 23rd to January 1st. AYCT will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. View our schedule online at ashtangatoronto.com/schedule/
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This is absolutely useful for everyone😍🙏🏻 even those who have good flexibility!
Teacher: @healingmotions ・・・
Deepen your Forward Fold (instructions below) 👇👇 Are you working on forward folding to decompress your spine, increase your compression (handstands, pressing, toe taps, etc) or improve your flexibility? There are three key elements that can help! Your nerves should glide well, your mind needs to be comfortable, and you need to be strong, all things I address!
For all these exercises, you can use blocks to make sure it is not so intense that you feel like you are at your 100%! Use the blocks at any height, and you can have your hands flat, or if you need more height (or are halfway between two heights), be on your finger tips. Warmup before staring!
1) Ragdoll - feet at least hips distance apart, knees bent, and hang out. You can swing from side to side or bounce. Gentle is key. 15-60 sec. .
2) Flat/fold - inhale, straighten the spine/arms while bending the knees. Exhale, straighten the legs and forward fold. With each inhale, see if you can bend your knees a little less. 5-20 rounds!
3) Runners lunge to low lunge - either with or without blocks/fingertips, start in a runners lunge and forward fold on the exhale. Think bellybutton to thigh! Inhale into a lunge, back flat. Move fluidly and with the breath 💨 5-15 each side. .
4) Point and Flex - time to work on some neural flossing! This video is sped up, so move slowly and with strength, fight for those end ranges. 20 times each side. .
5) Dandasana (Staff Pose) - feet flexed, legs straight and engaged. Options:
-Hands behind you to prop your chest and feel this stretch. You may even sit on a block or towel to help. -If you can sit up, hands come to shins.
-Hands to feet
We are thinking bellybutton to thigh, not chin to shin! 15-60 sec
6) Leg lifts - Hands tented and by the knees, don’t lean back as you bring your legs to your body. 10 reps + 10 sec hold on the final rep. Yes, it is normal to cramp here. Yes, this exercise will give you super powers. .
Let me know how this works out for you and save this for your next practice.
the seer. the seen. the matrix of reality and the deep psychological confusion that the sutras address were all on the table in last nights discussion at @lovestoryyoga ✨✨✨this beautiful painting by @melissatownsend.art is just one of many expressions of how the philosophy can move and manifest through us. she used painting each sutra as a way of studying them. as svadhyaya. as sadhana. as kriya. each of us has this potential. to let the practice call to us and reveal itself through us. find a way to dig into the texts and practice that excites engages and enlightens you. then do that. there will be difficulty, resistance and plenty of highs and lows. but you will persist. you will have to because you stepped onto the path that is only yours and it might sound fatalistic but it’s a one way path. so your either going forward or your going backward. but that path is yours to walk one way or the other.
Khani 🐭 enjoying his Saturday morning snuggled up with @mscorsaletti at AYCT ✨
Join @nateyoga tomorrow for Sunday Mysore. Drop-in anytime between 8:00AM - 11:30AM. @nellie_pasternak leads Beginners Class at 12:00PM- 1:00PM and Half Primary from 1:30PM - 2:45PM
6 Day Primary Series Intensive runs from February 16th - 21st 2019 with @davidrobsonyoga and @vesic_jelena. Based on morning Mysore or Led class followed by afternoon workshops. (Pre-requisite to AYCTs Summer 2019 Assisting School)
Visit ashtangatoronto.com/workshops/ for details and registration
Hoje foi dia de confraternização de final de ano aqui no Hanuman 🎉😊🙏 Gostaríamos de agradecer a todos os nossos alunos e a todos os que praticaram conosco ao longo de 2018 por nos escolher neste caminho de autoconhecimento 🙏 Na foto, a turma que participou da aula guiada do professor @pedrostabile 😃 Tiramos muitas fotos da prática e em breve publicaremos uma galeria na nossa página de Facebook 😉 Sentimos falta dos que não puderam vir, mas com certeza teremos muitas comemorações em 2019 e todos poderão participar 🙏 🐒 #HanumanAshtangaYoga#hanumanyoga#hanuman#practiceandalliscoming#ashtanga#yoga#ashtangayoga
Thank you to all my students this year and all the new ones to come. This is why I love to teach to help everyone to stop the internal suffering, and make you all mentally and physically stronger each time you come to your mat. Your commitment and strength will give you a great today and a better tomorrow. @hotyogaofhuntsville thank you for giving me the space to teach there. @downtownexpressymca thank you for bring me in and teaching you great students and teaching them yoga.
@straighttoale thank you for all the support and a space to teach in. For all this I am thankful and grateful for all the success this year for my students and my teaching. Namaste.
Queridos @yogis.onthebeach mañana domingo tenéis la oportunidad de practicar una clase de Astanga yoga. Tenemos la suerte de incorporar a otro maravilloso profe. Roberto nos introducirá en el Astanga Yinyasa Yoga 🙏. No te lo puedes perder! Como siempre a las 10:00 en la biblioplaya. Recuerda llegar prontito para tener sitio, traer tu esterilla y algo de abrigo para la relajación. 💙
“I believe in teachers and the experience of teachers” - Eddie Stern
Who better to ask about Yoga in our contemporary society than @eddiestern . Eddie lives and teaches in New York. I had the chance to interview him about Yoga, kindness and urban life (see link in bio).
Friday’s classes -
Taught Astanga practice with Cesca
These classes run as drop in classes - best suitable for those with some previous yoga experience who want to begin an Astanga style of practice. Classes are shortened versions of the Primary Series, allowing modifications to be provided, for each individual student - allowing them to become familiar to the full Primary Series, leading to gaining the confidence to begin a self practice or Mysore style class. -
Meditative Yoga with Holly
Suitable for all abilities
This hatha yoga class combines a pranayama breathing practice with a series of physical asanas to mindfully stretch the body and prepare for an extended relaxation with yoga nidra. Perfect for unwinding after a busy week, this deeply nourishing class will give you space to release tension and fully relax both body and mind. -
Restorative Yoga with Cesca
Suitable for all abilities
This class combines breath/Pranayama along with long held relaxation poses and releasing techniques; helping students to restore the balance between the two.
The student watches the breath and the directions that the mind tries to take itself; distracting from that which is important – the breath and the inner sensations of the body.
It is when the body and mind truly relax that real healing begins. Restorative yoga is one of the most interesting practices of modern yoga – less is more – you are required to be as comfortable as you can possibly be assisted by the facilitators/teachers.
Helping students to restore the body after illness, injury or just exhaustion - mental or physical. Cesca has a strong interest in investigating and practicing restorative yoga and its effects on the nervous system and the mind.
Photos by @ana_cross
ph. Marie Ordóñez “En la inspiración experimentamos el ¨yo¨lleno, el potencial humano colmado y elevado, como una taza llena al borde, en ofrenda u oblación a la Divinidad Cósmica. En la espiración experimentamos el ¨yo¨ vacío, el vacío divino, una vaciedad completa y perfecta, una muerte que no es el final de la vida. Prueba. Espira lenta y completamente. Realiza una pausa. Vuelve a espirar.” —B.K.S Iyengar 🙏 #ashtangayoga#ashtanga#yoga#yogapractice#asana#yogalover#loveyoga#astanga#yogapratice#om
After practicing middle splits, today you can do front split practice 😂😂💪🏻These videos are suitable for all levels 👍🏻Try it!.
Teacher: @actionhiro ・・・
Super excited to share the first video of some content I filmed for you guys a while ago!
This first one is on working towards the splits AND (if you already have the splits) building more functional awesomeness around it.
Encontros 😄💚 Mysore, Índia 🇮🇳 Passando aqui para lembrar que neste sábado dia 15/12 vai rolar a confraternização de final de ano do Hanuman 🐒 Faremos uma prática guiada às 9:30 seguida de um café da manhã vegano, por volta das 11:00 😉🎉🙏🏻 Photo by @snehakondapally #liacaldasyoga#hanumanashtangayoga
Encontros 😄💚 Mysore, Índia 🇮🇳 Passando aqui para lembrar que neste sábado dia 15/12 vai rolar a confraternização de final de ano do Hanuman @hanumanashtangayoga 🐒 Faremos uma prática guiada às 9:30 seguida de um café da manhã vegano, por volta das 11:00 😉🎉🙏🏻 Photo by @snehakondapally #liacaldasyoga#hanumanashtangayoga
An Asana • a yoga “pose” • means a position your body is in where your mind is calm and steady • It means your mind is in the now , if you can’t do it then you can get to work - at your own level - you get to practice and learn how to concentrate and by learning how to concentrate you learn to let go and alleviate • and this becomes a beautiful addiction 🕉💜
Class tomorrow and I can’t wait to work on some rooting 🧘🏽♂️🧘🏽♀️ dm me for more info! 10 am , 2pm or 7pm •
Meditation 7 am and 8pm • £10 a class
Location : Cockfosters
“Teaching is not the mere imparting of knowledge but the cultivation of an inquiring mind.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Video of AYCT #intensive student, @monicagonzalezyoga #catching in #backbends in today’s practise with @davidrobsonyoga
6 Day Primary Series Intensive will be held here at AYCT from February 16th - 21st 2019 with @davidrobsonyoga and @vesic_jelena. Based on morning Mysore or Led class followed by afternoon workshops. (Pre-requisite to AYCTs Summer 2019 Assisting School)
Visit ashtangatoronto.com/workshops/ for details and registration
Through the many yoga poses we do in our practice, inner organs are being squeezed, twisted, massaged and stimulated with increased bloodflow. In certain postures, some bodily fluids (lymph etc.) will run in certain directions, and inner organs get a chance to empty themselves properly. This is also why we do not practice asana with food in our bellies.
There are many reasons for being upside down. One aspect of those reasons, is to give the inner organs a chance to empty properly. The gallbladder is an organ where bile can build up and become stale and form gallstones. Gallstones hurt. Through all the poses we do, we give such organs a good chance of emptying and cleaning themselves out. This is also why some people experience detox symptoms, such as headache or nausea in the beginning of their yoga asana practice. Old stuff, or toxins, is being released and needs to be cleaned out by the inner organs, excreted through the skin, lungs or urine.
This is why it is a good idea to drink more water than regularly after your yoga practice. Putting lime or lemon in the water helps the liver to activate to start cleaning out the old unuseful stuff. This is one aspect of saucha, the second niyama. Inner physical cleanliness.