What is a bad ass yoga class?
I have been on and off my mat for over 10 years. I’ve been to numerous different styles of yoga and teachers all over the world. Trained in traditional Hatha yoga in Nasik India and a combination of a decade of learning and practicing all these different styles I come to my own personal style “Bad Ass” as I like to call it.
Class will always begin with your intention, either you want to work on your lower back, hips, inversions or maybe you want a relaxing class or you need energy. Whatever it is you need that day in that moment is how I will structure your practice.
Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar
Warms up and prepares the body for asana practice. Lubricates and increases the blood supply to the joints. Stretches and strengthens the whole body. Improves efficiency of the internal organs. Helps to detoxify the body. Stimulates pingala/surya nadi which increases energy and stimulates digestion. Increases the prana in the body and helps to remove energy blockages. Useful for weight loss when practiced as an exercise. Helps to balance the endocrine system.
Asana system is the 3rd in ashtanga Yoga, yogasana help achieve physical health, control over mind and power of concentration.Patanjali has described Yogasana as “Sthir Sukham Asanam”, which means a posture that is stable and pleasant.
A more broad definition of Yogasana according to Patanjali is “Tatodwanabhighatah” which means practice of Yogasana leads to disappearance of duality of cold-hot, sadness-joy, happiness-sorrow and so on.
Yoga is different from exercise as it doesn’t involve speedy movements, but instead very slow and steady movements.
Yoga helps achieve relaxation which reduces stress & strain.
Patanjali in his text of Yoga Sutras mentioned pranayama as means of attaining higher states of awareness, he mentions the holding of breath as important practice of reaching Samadhi. Hatha Yoga also talks about 8 types of pranayama which will make the body and mind healthy.
Five types of prana are responsible for various pranic activities in the body, they are Prana, Apana, Vyan, Udana & Samana. Out of these Prana and Apana are most important. Prana is upward flowing and Apana is downward flowing. Practice of Pranayama achieves the balance in the activities of these pranas, which results in healthy body and mind.