Yoga 2008 Calendar by Caroline Klebl
October 05, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsWorld-renowned yoga instructor Caroline Klebl presents these remarkable images of Ashtanga Yoga, a system of postures and techniques practiced in sequential steps. Each step, similar to each posture, prepares the practitioner for the subsequent step, leading to Samadhi, the state of pure consciousness and eternal connection with the sacred. Spend a year contemplating these beautiful images of a master yogi. To view the pages and purchase the calendar visit www.sourceofyoga.com
This calendar features a selection of postures from the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga. The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a method of asana(posture) practice, which includes Vinyasa. Vinyasa are the breath initiated movements linking one posture to the next. There are numerous benefits to practicing Asana with Vinyasa. Vinyasa creates heat in the body, which eases the practitioner into the postures and produces a purifying sweat. Vinyasa activates the breathing system, by deepening the inhale and exhale between each posture. And, the practice of Asana with Vinyasa stimulates the cardiovascular system, which strengthens the heart and reduces excess weight. In the Yoga Kurunta, the sacred text which describes the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, it is strongly encouraged not to practice Asana without Vinyasa.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa System consists of six series of postures. Each series is commenced with Surya Namaskara(Sun Salutations) and continues with a set of standing postures. Then, the postures which are unique to one series are practiced. The practice is completed with back bending and the finishing sequence. The finishing sequence includes shoulderstand, headstand and lotus.
It takes several years of daily practice to integrate the postures and practice of each series. The series are practiced sequentially, starting with the Primary Series. The Primary Series is referred to as Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy and develops a radiant state of health and a calm mind. The Primary Series consists predominantly of forward bends and hip openers. The Intermediate Series is referred to as Nadi Shodhana, or the cleansing of the Nadies. Nadies are the subtle energy channels, which underlie the physical form. The postures of the Intermediate series include a series of back bends as well as arm balances and inversions. The Intermediate series is energizing and deeply purifying.
The asanas in this calendar are demonstrated by Ashtanga Yoga instructor Caroline Klebl. She teaches workshops, courses and retreats within the US and internationally. For further details about her present teaching schedule and to purchase the 2008 Yoga Calendar please visit her website www.sourceofyoga.com