At 8 Limbs we teach an anatomically precise form of classical Vinyasa Yoga based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, K. Pattabhi Jois and B.N.S Iyengar, integrated into the context of Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga (Ashtanga Yoga).
In classical Vinyasa Yoga set series of postures are woven together using flowing movements to create one sequence. It is the sequencing of yoga postures that is called vinyasa. Each movement is synchronized with the breath to become a meditation in movement – like a sacred dance. In this classical system, the postures are designed in a specific order to realign and detoxify the body and to purify the energy channels. Focussing on the breath the mind becomes calm. An internal stillness develops within this exercise of dynamic movement. The result is vibrant health, a clear mind and deep relaxation.
Patanjali, the author of the ancient Yoga Sutra, coined the term Ashtanga Yoga as referring to his eight-limbed yoga. It is a system of increasingly more subtle yogic techniques that uses asana (posture) as its foundation. Once students have tasted the benefits of asana practice we offer the possibility to study these higher yogic practices such as kriya, pranayama, mantra, mudra and meditation within a workshop setting. The result of these techniques is spiritual liberation and inner freedom.
Yoga is a Life Science. From this practice of turning inward comes growth, insight and an understanding of our true self, of life and of ourselves within this greater existence of life. Like a lotus flower we have the opportunity to blossom from our depth, to openly and feely express our greatest potential and deepest beauty.