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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India

Beginners Intensive (2-Day)

June 10/11 2017
Exeter, UK

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Monday

5.30-7.30pm
Mysore Style Ashtanga
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

7.45-9pm
Ashtanga Yoga - Half Primary
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
Drop-in £9

Tuesday

7-9am
Mysore Style Ashtanga
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

6.30-8pm
Mixed Ability Ashtanga
Blackborough Village Hall
Drop-in £10

Wednesday

7-9am
Mysore Style Ashtanga
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

5.30-7.30pm
Mysore Style Ashtanga
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

Thursday

7-9am
Mysore Style Ashtanga
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

10-11.15am
Beginners Ashtanga
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
Drop-in £8

Sunday

7.30-9.30am
Mysore Style Ashtanga
@The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

Yoga Chants

Ashtanga Yoga traditionally has both an opening chant and a closing chant. Because of Yoga's ancient roots, chants (or mantras) are offered in Sanskrit (the ancient language of India), however their meaning is said to be universal as Sanskrit is the language of the heart.

Chanting acts to shift the consciousness of the individual practicing the chant to a higher level of vibration. This in turn brings us closer to our Source or Higher Self – the aspect of ourselves that remains eternal – and leaves the practitioner filled with peace and feeling calm and centred.

Studies have shown that when a person chants it can stabilise their heart rate, lower blood pressure, produce beneficial endorphins in the body and boost metabolic processes, so it perfectly compliments the physical practice of asana.

Ashtanga Yoga Opening Chant

The Opening Prayer is a blessing of gratitude offered to the lineage of teachers and their students who have enabled this ancient practice to survive through thousands of years so that we can experience its benefits today. The recitation of this mantra cleanses the energy of the space we have chosen to practice yoga, as well as preparing the mind, body and emotions for the forthcoming Ashtanga sequence.

Om
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram
Shankhacakrsi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
Pranamami Patanjalim
Om

Translation

om

I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara (conditioned existence).

I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).

om

Ashtanga Yoga Closing Chant

The Closing Prayer brings the practice to a peaceful end; sealing in the work done and offering the efforts of our practice to improve the state of the world.

Om

Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
     Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
   Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
    Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
   Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

Translation

May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
  May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
  May all beings everywhere be happy and free
   Om peace, peace, perfect peace