This workshop focuses on the importance of the breath in our yoga practice as well as for our everyday life and health. You will also be introduced to the basics of the root and abdominal locks – Mula and Uddiyana bandha – how these are linked to the breath and to asana, as well as their function within Ashtanga yoga.
Ashtanga yoga is known for its dynamics and the flow of asanas combined with a sounding breath. The special technique used to synchronize breathing and movement is called vinyasa krama and is unique to Ashtanga yoga. The purpose of yoga is to calm the mind – Yoga citta vritti nirodhah. How we breathe affects how we think and how we feel. If we breathe inadequately or strained, we can neither focus (dhyana) nor be stable. Inadequate breathing is also often contributing to or signal of stress / ill health.
The class will give you a deeper understanding of your yoga practice by improving your relationship to your breath. You will also get a better idea of how good breathing and application of Bandha can create lightness in your practice. We explore different breathing techniques and the application of bandha both in movement and stillness. The class ends with a guided relaxation.
The class is open to all levels of yoga practitioners except to complete beginners (beginners are referred to our foundation courses). It is recommended not to have eaten before class in order to be able to activate the abdomen and ribcage without feeling full.
The number of places is limited; pre-registration is required and is done via our partner Medborgarskolan ( click the link). The class is taught by Isabella Nitschke, Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher (Level II) by Sharath Jois, Mysore, India. Read more about Isabella on our teacher’s page