Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training – 5 Crucial Tips To Remember
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Ashtanga yoga is getting popular these days because it has a lot of benefits for the human body. It keeps the mind healthy, also the body and the spirit. A lot of people practice yoga to become healthier, more stable and to have peace of mind. The Ashtanga yoga has been created and recorded centuries ago by Sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta and was passed down to different teachers which also mastered the Yoga asanas or postures and then passed it down to their students who later on became candidates for their Ashtanga yoga teacher training.
The Ashtanga yoga means eight-limbed yoga. The yoga consists of eight parts that should be learned in order to master it and harness its full benefit. Having a bonafide teacher or guru to help will be a great idea because they can assist the body into proper positioning and posture. Practicing alone, especially on the first time, is very hard and most of the times, people give up. It is very important to have a teacher beside. Every asanas or pose is a preparation for the next so it is also important to be familiar with the proper sequence. Following are tips in achieving the 8 limbs:
1. Practice and purify
Yama (the moral codes) and niyama (self-purification) are the two most important limbs that should be mastered in order to achieve the control of mind that yoga aims for. It is not very easy to achieve such state and it first, it requires daily practice of asanas or poses or postures. The body needs to be strong and cleansed first before the mind is reached and controlled. A lot of different yoga asanas or poses help the body become stronger and more stable. Flexibility is also going to be developed when the asanas is practiced every day.
2. Learn proper breathing
It is also important to be familiar with Vinyasa. It is the coordination of the breath and the movement. Breathing is very important in practicing ashtanga yoga. If the breathing is done correctly, the blood flow will improve and it will also help in balancing a pose and maintaining proper posture for a length of time. A yoga teacher will help in training the mind to be conscious of the breathing and at the same the body movement because beginners in yoga tend to focus on just one, either the breathing or the body movement only. But with continuous and regular practice, a person will gain consciousness of this aspect.
The pranayama (breath control) is important that the inhale should be equal to how long the exhale will be and in advance series, the holding of breath is also as equal. Breathing techniques is very important because this is the primary factor in cleansing and detoxifying the body. The mind should also be able to focus on the looking place.
3. Work on concentration areas
Sometimes, even when the breathing is controlled and the asanas is good, the mind is still bothered because there is no concentration area. The mind should only focus on these certain areas of the body to avoid visual stimulations. The area between the eyebrows, the nose, the navel, the lower abdomen, hands, feet, right side, left side and up.
4. Engage inenergy sealing
Locking or sealing is called Bandha. This is a method of sealing in the pranic energy or vibrations inside the body and then distributed to the different energy channels within the body to give maximum health benefit, light, energy and cleansing benefits. Without this procedure, the person will not get the benefits of the yoga asanas or posture and the breathing will also not give the right effects to the body. There are three kinds on Bandha, the mula bandha (anal lock), uddiyana (abdominal lock), and the jalandhara (throat lock). These three locks work together in order to prevent the energy or vibrations from escaping the body and therefore lead them to their proper areas.
5. Master all limbs
The pratyahara (sense control), dharana (concentration), dyhana (medidtation), Samadhi (absorption into the universe) are the last four limbs which work in cleansing the internal area of the body. With these four limbs mastered and used properly, the mind will be under control and the person will be able to block certain stimuli from the environment because he or she already have a stable and peaceful mind.