Ashtanga Yoga

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A traditional dynamic asana practice that focuses on learning the correct asana and breathing mechanisms.

This is a picture of myself practicing with my yoga teacher Nati Deprati. Photo credit: Monika


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If you want to start practicing Yin Yoga, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the concepts of "Yin" and "Yang". Yin" is associated with slow, soft, passive and cold as well as the elements water, earth, moon, femininity and night. The "Yan" we relate to the fast, hard, active and hot and is also associated with fire, sun, masculinity and day. These are two opposing forces that are not only found in nature but also in our body and mind. Although the two concepts are opposites, they complement each other and should be in balance and harmony. Therefore, in the practice of yoga we find more passive postures that activate our Yin energy, while other postures are more dynamic and activate the qualities of Yang. In Yin Yoga, specific asana sequences are used to stimulate our vital energy (prana) through the energy channels (nadis) to reach a level of balance and harmony.

Yin Yoga is a style derived from Hatha Yoga, in which the asanas (yoga postures) are held in a relaxed manner for 2 to 5 minutes. The fact that we keep that time in each posture, allows us to deepen the asana helping our mind to calm down while we stimulate the prana (vital energy), until we can reach a deep level of relaxation. A state that helps us to have the body and mind ready to enter into meditation.