Hi everyone,

Through this post, in brief (very brief) I intend to present a little bit of a powerful practice that transformed my life. In fact, it continues to transform – and this is perhaps its greatest beauty.

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga that, like all forms of Yoga, seeks to gradually lead the practitioner to rediscover their full potential at all levels of human consciousness: physical, psychological and spiritual.

Also called Breath Yoga, it prioritizes focusing on synchronizing the breath with movement, thus building a technical fluidity. Vinyasa means breathing and movement system; for every move, there is a breath.

The purpose of vinyasa is for internal cleansing. Breathing and moving together while performing asanas makes the blood hot. Thick blood is dirty and causes disease in the body. The heat created from yoga cleans the blood and makes it thin, so that it may circulate freely. The combination of the asanas with movement and breath makes the blood circulate freely around all the joints, taking away body pains.

Sweat is an important byproduct of vinyasa, because it is only through sweat that disease leaves the body and purification occurs. If the method of vinyasa is followed, the body becomes healthy, strong, and pure.

After the body is purified, it is possible to purify the nervous system, and then the sense organs. These first steps are very difficult and require many years of practice. The sense organs are always looking outside, and the body is always giving into laziness. However, through determination and diligent practice, these can be controlled. After this is accomplished, mind control comes automatically. Vinyasa creates the foundation for this to occur.

Much more than a physical practice that occurs only on the mat, the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is an internal personal practice and self awareness we should take into every moment of life. Yoga should be a lifestyle practiced every day with devotion and discipline.

The practice of asanas keeps us healthy and strong and is also a laboratory of our feelings and perceptions. We are often focused on our physical and emotional fears or have difficulties to assign, accept and let go. The practice always leads to the fine line between the effort to evolve and the humility to know when to stop. And so, despite being a practice consisting of a series of fixed positions, it is never the same. The factors that build it are constantly changing (the body, the mind, ambient temperature…) and so it also transforms every day.

“Practice, practice and all is coming…”  Pattabhi Jois

Om Shanti