Ashtanga Yoga

Written by Sophie Nusselder for Parimukti Ever since my childhood I remember having a natural desire of physical movement. Born and raised in the Dutch countryside, I loved to ride my bike and hike in nature. Another great passion of mine is dance: practicing classical ballet opened my emotional life – I learned to allow...
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I have often been asked the question; Whats your favourite yoga style? I would initially think of my favourite school of practice-ashtanga yoga. Then yesterday I was with a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time. We decided to go and swim at the temple. I had never seen a female bathing there...
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Bring your own mat. Over the month of a teacher training you spend more time on the mat than in your bed, so make sure its a good one. I think the key to a decent mat is one that is grippy so you don’t get slippy. There are some really great recycled rubber ones...
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Ah the life of a yogi.. It may seem chill, full of herbal tea and enriched with chia seeds, but in actual fact we face real problems.. An average day on the mat.. -You wakeup early,  bundle on every layer of your ethnic hippy cloth only to reach the mat and have to de-robe yourself...
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My arms are aching, my abs are screaming and my hamstrings are so tight that I am certain they have magically shortened! This is all after a week of chaturanga practice. I am actually so happy my body feels this way. Its a sign to me that I am actually using my muscles and not...
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This morning in class I found myself struggling. We have all been there. All I wanted to do was Balasana, childs pose. I wasnt even tired i just felt weak in my muscles and my mind meandered pointlessly.I was resistant. I tried to keep the mantra “just 2 more breaths” circulating in my mind. It...
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Okay so I have never dedicated myself to a specific asana before, particularly one that I don’t like. I think this month will give me the challenge I need. I really want to experiment and see if I can maintain my own motivation. Firstly I think I have to start mentally as there has been...
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Have you seen the new advert by Nike…the one where a group of women are working out different sports… where, in the middle of it, a women goes- ‘Come on Yoga, Change my life’… thats what I am doing… I get up everyday and say..”Come on Yoga, Change my life”… the truth of it is,...
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I went to buy a bonsuri and ended up in a jam session that I couldn’t bear to leave!   Guitar, sitar, drums and beautiful singing. Spontaneous and enchanting, my favourite flavours of India! What a perfect addition to the day after asana classes from two of our students.    
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Handstands are thrilling but before you can take that leap up into the unknown you need a solid foundation. Grounding down and lifting up requires some strength and determination. Physically finding the balance point brings you between fear and exhiliration. Having a partner to help you requires trust.  There is this moment that happens when...
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