Yoga is union. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a modern form of classical yoga, founded by SK Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) in Mysore, India. It is a method that has been passed down from teacher to disciple throughout the years and is now practiced by millions of people around the world. Using your body as a vehicle, Ashtanga Yoga allows you to get in touch with your emotions and understand your habitual mental patterns. As you grow in your practice, you learn to breathe at your rhythm. Moving through the different asanas (postures), you learn to focus on the present moment while becoming aware of your intrinsic connection to the universe. Developing a sustainable, individualized Ashtanga Yoga practice provides you with spiritually grounded energy that supports you as you move smoothly through the challenges of daily life. This energy allows you to carry yourself with more confidence and poise, defines your sense of belonging and purpose on earth, and increases your compassion for others.
Ashtanga Yoga means "eight-limbed" yoga. These eight limbs are described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: Yama - self-restraint Niyama - self-purification, personal observances Asana - seat or posture Pranayama - breath control, development of energy Pratyahara - sense withdrawal Dharana - concentration Dhyana - meditation Samadhi - absorption, enlightenment
The focus of a Yin Yoga practice is to release and let go of tension, both on a physical and emotional level. Poses are held for a longer period of time than in other practices. This allows the fascia and the pathways of the nervous system to reorganize and align themselves most naturally, getting rid of tension, especially in the upper body and hips. Through our breath and a mental attitude towards acceptance, Yin Yoga is also an emotional experience. What may look like a soft and slow practice can be quite challenging as we engage in a dialogue with ourselves and our bodies. “We don't use our body to get into a pose, we use the pose to get into our bodies” – Yin Sights
Rosana has been a yoga practitioner for over 10 years, and after having spent 3 months in India, she practiced Ashtanga yoga and completed training on Pranic Healing – a holistic therapy that works with energy.
Gabrielle has been practicing yoga since 2015 and fell in love with this way of life at the first moment. She did her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2020 Brazil and in 2022 completed her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in India, where she stayed for 3 months studying yoga, religion and meditation. In her classes the main purpose is to look inside yourself and be present.