Ashtanga Yoga is a system of Yoga popularized in modern times by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The name Ashtanga Yoga means “8 limbs” in Sanskrit. It is a reference to the 8-part method of practice in the ancient text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In Patanjali’s method, the practice of asana or postures is one part of a comprehensive discipline of social, physical, and mental training.
Pattabhi Jois taught a dynamic method of sequenced postures linked with breath and concentration techniques that aim to give practical experience of the 8-limbed method. Ashtanga Yoga is taught in two complementary formats.
Jivamukti yoga is a method that was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, reintegrating the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga. The emphasis in the West has been on yoga as mostly a physical practice. More and more people are achieving firmer bodies through regular yoga classes but many are finding something more.
What starts out as a purely physical practice creeps into the hearts and minds of even the least spiritual practitioners. David and Sharon became teachers because they were passionate about communicating yoga as more than just a system of exercises, but also as a spiritual practice: a path to enlightenment. From their earliest classes, they have taught a living translation of the Indian system of yoga in a way that Western minds can comprehend. That is why Jivamukti yoga emphasises vigorous asana as its primary technique, but other practices such as meditation, devotional chanting and study of the ancient texts play an important role as well.
The Jivamukti method is one of the nine internationally recognised styles of Hatha Yoga. The other eight being: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Sivananda, Integral, Bikram, Kripalu, and Kundalini.
Who is Prenatal Yoga Designed For?
Women in all stages of pregnancy. Prenatal yoga is a fiercely empowering practice that, when delved into with love and devotion, is a powerful tool for conscious, intuitive and holistic pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. Prenatal yoga informs, inspires and illuminates the lives of everyone involved. It is for any woman wanting to deepen their knowledge and understanding of yoga during pregnancy and beyond. By cultivating fierce personal growth, one may attain a rich understanding of yoga during the childbearing year and beyond, as well as deepen in one's self knowledge. Educating and empowering women about conscious pregnancy, birth and motherhood creates conscious mothers, conscious babies and a more conscious world.
It is an extremely rewarding experience to take part in educating and empowering women during this time of sincerely heartfelt transformation. Prenatal yoga is all about connection, knowledge and empowerment, where tools are learnt and insights are gained for pregnancy, birth and beyond.
By having an experiential preparation, it has been proven that confidence is increased, resulting in a more positive pregnancy, birthing and parenting experiences. By increasing confidence through experience and knowledge, awareness and intimacy, one can count on decreasing fears and doubts.
Prenatal Yoga allows one to manifest a birth experience where everyone involved feels comforted, confident and supported during this process. There is an emphasis on informed decision making to make sure everyone feels educated and informed before, during and immediately after birth.