Introduction to Ashtanga with Ania Mechlinska-Venice

“If the method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama Yoga is followed, the body becomes healthy, strong, and pure as gold.” ~Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

If you are interested in learning more about the ancient tradition of Yoga and how to incorporate your breath into your movement, you may wish to explore Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama Yoga. The set sequence of poses where each pose builds upon another can keep you flexible, strong and rejuvenated.

And if, like most of us, you are trying to squeeze yoga into your daily schedule, but work or travel prevents you from practicing regularly, an Ashtanga practice may better suit your needs. Typically practiced in the Mysore style where students practice on their own under the guidance of a mentor-teacher, this practice over time becomes more of a self-inquiry than just a regular Vinyasa Flow.

Ashtanga, as introduced to the Western crowd by Guruji Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, is an ancient system of six series of asana sequences. Each series is designed to prepare the body for the following series. Each pose within the series is a step on the path to open the body for another pose. With each asana and each series, you are raising the bar. The purpose of vinyasa is for internal cleansing. Breathing and moving together while performing asanas “makes the blood boil,” as Guruji used to say. The heat and sweat created during vinyasa helps to remove impurities.

The First Series of Ashtanga is called Yoga Chikitsa--Yoga Therapy--which will be the main subject of this workshop. We will work to build strength in the outer muscles to prepare the body for what is coming. In addition, we will discuss the meaning of the practice, and the sequencing principles while learning the standing sequence.

All levels of practitioner are welcome; notify workshop leader of any injuries or medical restrictions prior to workshop.

About Ania
In addition to teaching at YogaWorks, Ania Mechlinska-Venice currently leads yoga classes for faculty/staff at UCLA and at private recreation centers in the Highlands. Ania is currently substitute teaching Ashtange classes in the Mysore style and holds certifications in Power Yoga from Bryan Kest, Ashtanga from David Swenson, and YogaWorks’ trademark Vinyasa Flow.

A marathon runner, former Ambassador for Nike Runners Club, and current Ambassador for Athleta, Ania leads workshops for athletes, integrating yoga into her multi-form training program. Ania also works with Forester Physical Therapy, incorporating yoga into their training program for Olympians.