Dans cette vidéo Agata va étape par étape à travers cette pose essentielle de la séquence debout Ashtanga.  

This is a classic yoga pose which you will usually find in all ‘styles’ of hatha yoga;
there are many variations on it but what we have come to appreciate at AYP is keeping
a longer stance and finding the legs in a way that supports the uplifting aspect of the upper body.

A way to bring imagery to the actions of the pose: We can think of mūla bandha as the bulb of the root, the legs as the longer thinner roots that anchor us to the ground and uddīyāna bandha as the thick stem that supports the plant above. 

When we engage in this way, we feel stable and grounded; a feeling that with time will emerge from the gross physical feeling to a emotional and mental feeling of stability and groundedness! 

Grateful Living

I often find myself noticing the things that I want or wish to change and not paying enough grateful attention to what I have.  I gather I’m not alone in that fairly common human condition. 

On one level, it is these ‘wanting’ and ‘unsatisfactory-ness’ tendencies of the mind that foster creativity.  We ‘want’ to grow – have a more comfortable, prosperous life – become more informed and knowledgeable – build wonderful things.  We’re ‘unsatisfied’ with the status quo and strive to improve things and make happier more balanced lives for ourselves and others.  Without creativity, human kind wouldn’t have achieved the most amazing feats it has.  We’re an incredible species full of ambitions and curiosity to explore, build and create our dreams!

However, we all too often use these tendencies to foster jealousy, greed, envy, anger, relentless competition and negativity.  Which then brings unhappiness despite the seed motive of the wanting and unsatisfied mind is the desire for happiness.  Every single being, at its core, desires to be happy.  It is an expression of our True Self.

The problem is when we rest in the wanting and unsatisfied mind, we are often ungrateful for the present and the ‘what IS’.  So that even when we get what we want, we have fleeting happiness before we realize that we want something else.  It’s like a dog chasing its tail; even when he gets it, he can’t keep a hold of it and before long, he’s chasing it again.

An alternative is to express our gratitude for all life’s gifts.  When this becomes a habit, we begin to feel more genuine happiness that doesn’t rest on conditions.  We may still create and pursue change but it’ll be from a base of happiness, we will make our sincerest efforts and be happy no matter the outcome.  The passion and enjoyment of life will be purer.

We will recognize every ‘given’ moment as a gift.  Our life is a sequence of given moments that are the most precious of all gifts.  No one can take away the moments in our lives.  While we are experiencing the moments, we are alive!  Learn to be grateful for that extraordinary gift, to look around and see the wonder of the blue sky, the rain, the trees, the buildings humans have learned to construct, the adorable fluffy animals, the breath!

The theme of Ashtanga Yoga Paris’ 13-year anniversary was “The Celebration of Gratitude”.  We are forever grateful to all those who have been part of this path!

Thank you!

Linda & Gerald

Helping in Headstands

In this video Linda gives some ideas of how to help your yoga student find the base of support for the headstand and then help them into the pose, if they are ready. How to know if they are ready?  They need to be able to be strong in the base of support, without any collapsing in the neck or arms.  Be attentive!