MY PATH TO YOGA
My regular yoga practice is producing positive energy that supports my life wherever I'm at. Since I added a dose of yoga to my life, on a daily basis, it has directed my life into a more positive place, where I feel I can be truly myself, cantered, more relaxed and prepared for life challenges, no matter what is happening around me. I have always been very active and kind of nervous person and yoga is clearly cantering me, giving me a tool to relax, feel good in my own skin and also change my thoughts into more positive and relaxed ones.
You, just like me, can also develop your own yoga practice and go back to it anytime you need your special time and change the negative behavioural patterns into the positive ones. I can help you with that, I will empower you to feel better, more centred, connected to your true self and positive being!
I completed two yoga teacher trainings in India, Mysore. The first one being Ashtanga yoga teacher training in 2013 with guruji Ajay Kumar.
Guruji Ajay Kumar helped me to understand what is the traditional yoga practice and how to treat is, as a holistic, professional, almost sacred time and space where we are trying to give the most of us for gaining the best out of the practice. Ajay has influenced my practice and shaped it in a way that since completing a teacher training with him I treat my practice as a sacred time and space and my mat as a tool to higher my vibrations and be very serious about it!
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves dynamic transitions between the postures to heat the body up, drishits that translate into a fixed vision points and focused mind, bandhas - muscle locks to keep the attention in the body, and ujjayi breath to ancor the attention even deeper in the present moment (pranayama) all composed in a progressive series of postures (asanas). This type of yoga practice produces intense internal body heat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. It's a vigorous practice with strong physical and mental health benefits, but it is also available and adaptable to all levels and body types.
My second yoga teacher training, Prana Vashya Yoga, with Vijay Kumar a year later in 2014 has brought me a deeper understanding of yoga, pranayama, meditation and chanting practices.
Guruji Vinay Kumar has though me how a yoga sequence is a one whole practice that can't be broken into small little parts or interrupted by unnecessary moves or shallow breaths in between the poses. He is the teacher that also though me pranayama, meditation and chanting to elevate my state of mind.
If you would like to learn how to breath properly, build your internal stamina, and most of all manage your stress level, this is the right type of yoga for you! The best way to describe this approach is to use the words of my teacher, the founder of Prana Vashya Yoga Institute in Mysore, Inida, Vinay Kumar: "Pranayama (breathing exercises) is an essential part of yoga. The yogic posture actually follows the breath and not the other way around, if done properly with full awareness. Prana Vashya follows the breath instead of following the movement and maintains the rhythm of the breath throughout the practice. Through breath control, Prana Vashya keeps the attention fixed on the posture, not allowing the mind to wander. Utilizing kumbhakas (breath locks) in certain movements while performing postures and transitions between postures has a very powerful and dynamic effect that develops internal Stalina and strong but light body." Guruji Vinay Kumar