Yoga is Union
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a modern-day form of classical Yoga founded by SK Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) in Mysore, India. It is a method that has been passed down from teacher to disciple throughout the years, and is now practiced by millions of people around the world. Using your body as a vehicle, Ashtanga Yoga allows you to get in touch with your emotions and understand your habitual mental patterns. As you grow in your practice, you learn to breath at your own rhythm. Moving through the different asanas (postures) you learn to focus on the present moment while becoming aware of your intrinsic connection to the universe. Developing a sustainable individualized Ashtanga Yoga practice provides you with spiritually grounded energy that supports you as you move smoothly through the challenges of your daily life. This energy allows to you to carry yourself with more confidence and poise, defines your sense of belonging and purpose on the earth, and increases your compassion for others.
Ashtanga Yoga means eight step or eight “limb” yoga. These are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
The Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
Yama . Self-restraint
Niyama . Self Purification, Personal Observances
Asana . Seat or Posture
Pranayama . Breath Control, Development of Energy
Pratyahara . Sense Withdrawal
Dharana . Concentration
Dhyana . Meditation
Samadhi . Absorption, Enlightenment
Do not eat before practice!
We recommend that you leave at least four hours between eating a meal and practicing yoga. Ideally your digestive system should be as empty as possible – in other words early morning practice is best after emptying bowel and bladder. Do not drink water during practice, but wait until after you have rested.
We also suggest that you do not practice yoga during the 2-3 heaviest days of menstruation. Irregularities in your menstrual cycle such as prolonged periods may result from practice at this time.
Please inform us if you have any injuries, health problems or if you become pregnant, so we can adjust your practice accordingly. In general, if you become sick or have injured yourself, you will feel better and heal quicker if you practice.
A shower before practice helps to increase flexibility and mental focus. It is also makes the experience for your teachers and others practicing around you more pleasant! Please wear clean yoga clothes, wash your mat regularly and do not wear perfume or cologne as these can cause allergic reactions for others.
In Yoga, the full moon corresponds to the top of the inhalation and the very peak of Prana Vayu (the expansive and upward-moving direction of Prana). The full moon provides energy and heat, but can increase the tendency to lose our connection to earth.
The new moon is associated with the end of the exhalation when Apana (the contracting and downward-moving direction of Prana) is at its strongest. During this time the energy is quieter and cooler, but the tendency can be towards heaviness and lethargy.
Practicing Yoga over time creates a greater sensitivity towards energetic movements and influences. Observing moon days is a way to recognize the ebb and flow in nature and within our own beings, so we can live more in tune with these cycles.
Our opening and closing prayers for practice
The awakening happiness of one’s own Self revealed,
Beyond better, acting like the Jungle physician,
Pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara.
Taking the form of a man to the shoulders,
Holding a conch, a discus, and a sword,
One thousand heads white,
To Patanjali, I salute.
May the leaders of the earth protect in every way by keeping to the right path.
May there be goodness for those who know the earth to be sacred.
May all the worlds be happy.
Quoted from the KPJAYI official website
Margaret Rosania has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga according to the Mysore method for more than a decade. She was first introduced to Yoga in 2001, and began practicing Ashtanga in 2003.
In the course of her journey as a designer, Yoga practitioner and spiritual seeker, Margaret is constantly connecting and exploring the relationships between humanity and nature. Her journey through Yoga gave her the opportunity to practice with various teachers around the world (Sharath Jois, Saraswathi Jois, Tim Miller, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman among others) and to be for 4 years the assistant of her professor in New York, Guy Donahaye, in the Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC. Over the years she taught in New York, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
With the birth of her son Micael in 2012 she experienced a deepening of Yoga in all aspects of her life.
Formado em Hatha Yoga Clássico pela Humaniversidade de São Paulo, sob a supervisão de Gerson D’Aaddio da Silva, durantes os anos de 2009 e 2010. Participou posteriormente de treinamento para professores de Ashtanga Yoga com David Swenson em Nova York, e foi iniciado em Thai Yoga Massagem Meditativa com Javier Sunder, novamente em São Paulo.
Entre retiros, workshops e classes regulares na Índia, Europa, Estados Unidos e Brasil, estudou Ashtanga Yoga ao longo destes últimos 10 anos com os professores: Patricia Varela, Alexandre Schmidt, Andrea Palma, Matthew Vollmer, Guy Donayahe, Saraswathi Jois, Margaret Rosania e Mário Reinert.
“Junto com tantos outros professores e alunos que tenho a oportunidade de aprender, continuo minha formação que tenho certeza não terminará nunca. Agradeço a cada final de prática ter encontrado essa Yoga.”