The art of vinyasa… very informative book, recommend to all yogis… advanced individuals may be more comfortable with the concepts. Don’t be discouraged if you are new to practicing, it’s a fantastic way to gain insight!
If you desire to be an advanced Yoga practitioner, please observe the Eight Limbs of Yoga as stated by Maharishi Patanjali, within the Yoga Sutras. Below is the Eight Limbed Path.
1. Yama: Moral Codes
2. Niyama: Observances
3. Asana: Postures
4. Pranayama: Yogic Breathing
5. Pratyahara: Preparation to increase mental power
6. Dharana: Mental Concentration
7. Dhyana: Devotion to God (The Divine)
8. Samadhi: Union with God (The Divine)
Please note that the third limb (asana) is just one of eight. While physical mastery is important, it is just a part of the whole. Physical mastery, without moral guidance, can become an egotistical pursuit. When the ego is allowed to run wild, it has no need to pursue mental, emotional, or spiritual growth.
Therefore, the sum of all eight limbs is Yoga, but asana alone is just a physical exercise. If Yoga were just a matter of performing splits and standing on one hand for medals, we would leave it to the Olympic gymnasts.
For the “advanced Yogi,” the practice requires a lifetime of study. There is more to be learned about Yoga than one lifetime will allow for. The advanced Yoga practitioner is, in fact, a student for life.
I have an invigorating yoga sequence for you
this week. Sun Salutations A and B (aka Surya Namaskar A and B) are a
phenomenal way to welcome the day, they’re also a great sequence to warm
up the body and seamlessly unite breath with postures. Another bonus,
Sun Salutations are great for advanced and beginning yogis alike, in
addition to athletes!
Remember, try to follow my breath cues, modify where you need to and enjoy this beautiful, devotional flow.
It’s called a yoga practice because we’re never finished. The more we advance physically the more we realize that we haven’t advanced at all as long as it’s only our bodies that are doing progress. The purpose of yoga is not to become more flexible, even though it is one of many perks. True expansion does not happen in the body but in the mind, in the heart, in the soul. You’ll know that you have become an advanced yogi when you realize yoga has made you a kinder, more loving person. This is the true purpose of stepping on the mat: Advancing our ability to be compassionate.
Enjoy your newfound strength and flexibility but don’t become too attached to your body and what poses it can move into on the mat. Focus on your heart. Feel. Be kind to yourself and take that kindness off the mat and bring it with you for the rest of the day.
This, my friends, is how we become the change we wish to see in the world.
Hey everyone, July is slowly coming up and I wanted to remind everyone of my July yoga challenge! I have a list of poses for the beginner/ intermediate/ advanced yogi. This is my first time hosting a challenge so I hope everyone will be okay with my line up of poses! On June 27th I will have the full official post with the list of poses for everyone to see! I hope as many people can join in! Can’t wait to see all you lovely people rockin’ the asanas!