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The next Five episodes are designed to summarize everything we learned in the least twenty eight episodes.
Starting with Surya Namaskar A X 5, and Surya Namaskar B x 5.
In the Ashtanga Vinyasa, it’s the breath driving us, not the other way around as when we do physical exercise.
Sri K Pattabhi Jois compared the Ashtanga Vinyasa as a Mala (prayer necklace). Where each bead of our Mala is a Vinyasa ( breath). In Surya Namaskar A there are 9 Vinyasa, nine beads.
First bead: Inhale (Prana), Ekam (Mantra), hands to the sky (movement), gazing up (Drishti), core engaged (Bandhas), smile (6 things to learn and focus on.)
Second Bead: Exhale (Prana), Dve (Mantra), forward fold (movement), looking down (Drishti), core squeezed (bandhas), smile (6 things to learn and focus on.)
And so on...
Each Vinyasa or each bead has a lot going on, and if you are new to the practice, it can be overwhelming. Just take one bead at the time😉
The Ashtanga Method works if we work for it, #onebreathatthetime or, if you are more like me, and you need a visual object to concentrate on, #onebeadatthetime. So, forget about complete the first, second or third series but let the breath guide you to the next bead freely. When I say free breathing, I mean flowing breath, no interruption, no distraction, complete attention to the breath to the flow. During the practice we are alone on our mat; we are on our own.
Last hint, usually, we breathe in two dimensions, Breath in, breath out. However, during the Ashtanga Vinyasa, we enter a state of tridimensionality, where the breath moves in and out within time.