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lotus flower2010-07-04 21:16:05 +0000 #1
Anyone can advise on how i could start with Ashtanga. I have been practicing Hatha so far and want to include one or two basic Ashtanga postures in them.

Thanks
sarahy2010-07-04 21:22:41 +0000 #2
i practice ashtanga, i am curious as to why you want to include 'ashtanga' postures in your hatha practice? all the asanas in the ashtanga sequence are 'hatha' postures, it is the sequence, the vinyasa and the breath (among other things) that distinguish 'ashtanga' from 'hatha'.

if you are meaning to begin ashtanga yoga (the sequence, not the 8-fold path) then i would recommend a book or dvd to get you started, or perhaps ask your teacher.

sarah
lotus flower2010-07-04 22:04:05 +0000 #3
Ok, I thought that Ashtanga is more advanced and more complicated (or is it Advanced Hatha). I am a bit confused. I have seen most of the postures are not easy. I wonder how long it takes to get them perfect.

I would like to know how long you've been practicing it and what is the sequence and the 8 fold path! Perhaps inspiring links would be helpful at the moment. Thxxx.
xela2010-07-04 22:20:25 +0000 #4
I don't know if you're male or female, but I started my ashtanga practice with a book called "Ashtanga Yoga for Women." You can buy it from Patabhi Jois' website or on amazon or Borders.

Is there a studio in your area that teaches it? I know down here (except in Miami) it's not really an ashtanga market, so I had to teach myself.
lotus flower2010-07-04 22:16:45 +0000 #5
Thanx Xela, the book would be more helpful as i could not find any teacher in my area.
sarahy2010-07-04 22:33:47 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by lotus flower



I wonder how long it takes to get them perfect.

no pose is perfect, every pose is perfect.

in january, i took about 4-6 beginner classes for ashtanga and then learned the rest on my own with info i got from the web. i've now just completed a 2-month yoga teacher training for ashtanga yoga (here in south africa). though i've invested almost a full year into ashtanga practice, it is far from perfect so it provides me with something to work on every day !

how long have you been practicing yoga?

david swenson has various dvds and books. you can also search amazon.com under the names richard freeman, john c. scott, and of course Sri K. Pattabhi Jois among others. though books and dvds can certainly get you on your way it really helps to have a teacher every so often to make sure you're on track.

in learning the primary series, i think you will find the poses themselves are not the difficult part, the challenge is to maintain ujjayi breathing and bandas throughout the practice and continuing the vinyasas (breath-led transitions between poses) for the whole practice. it get's much easier over time as strength, focus and familiarity develop.
xela2010-07-04 22:52:31 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by lotus flower



Thanx Xela, the book would be more helpful as i could not find any teacher in my area.

Well, I highly recommend my book....even if you are a male.
lotus flower2010-07-04 22:35:10 +0000 #8
i'm happily married F by the way to clear any confusion.lol
xela2010-07-04 23:56:05 +0000 #9
Well...there ya go! The book is perfect.
Nichole2010-07-05 01:51:46 +0000 #10
Xela,

Do you think that this book would be good for me to reference when working with clients who do Jois' Ashtanga practice? I already reference David Swenson's, Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice (Spiral-bound) and I like this book quite a bit. In addition to Swenson's good work, having it spiral bound means that it lies flat and stays open which is great when I am on the floor.

Most of my asana teachers, no I believe all of my teachers have their training and practices solely rooted in Iyengar's work. My personal practice has included only a few classes at Richard Freeman's Yoga Workshop and this hasn't given me enough of an understanding to work therapeutically with students of Jois' Ashtanga. Boiled down, I need to good understand of what someone is attempting to do when they feel pain or have too little/too much range of motion, etc. It is sometimes not enough to make a lasting change if I only see what they are doing and we correct only for that.

I would appreciate your opinion on this. Thanks for your help and wisdom!

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I don't know if you're male or female, but I started my ashtanga practice with a book called "Ashtanga Yoga for Women." You can buy it from Patabhi Jois' website or on amazon or Borders.

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