The Ashtanga Yoga method was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, South India. Currently directed by Sharath Jois, his grandson and my teacher, it was born out of the fundamentals handed down by Sri Tirumalai Krisnamacharya, known as the father of modern yoga. It is a system divided into sequences and requires a lot of dedication from each student who commits to a personal daily practice.
Ashtanga Yoga is characterized by the synchronization, rhythmic and stable breathing with movement and a focus on the gaze (drishti). The posture sequences allow for a deep cleansing that leads to detoxification of the body and mind. The practice combines breathing (pranayama), postures (asana), gaze points (drishti) and inner closures (bandhas), the 3 pillars of the Asthanga Yoga practice that lead to physical, mental and spiritual health.
Everyone can practice Ashtanga Yoga and the benefits are magical. Those who practice are given the foundations of a traditional yoga lineage.
Yin balances Yang. The need for inner balance was what attracted me to this yoga system. Over time, I felt the need for more feminine, deeper, less linear practices. Being myself a woman with a nature and lunar cycle, over time I learned to understand and respect and that made me look for more answers. The main feature of yin yoga is a slow pace, with long breaths in each posture that allow for healing. A practice of permanence, of opening, of subtle, internal growth. Yin Yoga targets connective tissues such as ligaments, bones, and even joints in the body that are not normally exercised much in a more active style of asana practice.
DYNAMIC SPIRAL YOGA
Life is full of spiral motions, from galaxies to the way gases and water move in spirals and eddies in their continuous flow.
Dynamic Spiral Yoga is a school created by my teacher Beta Lisboa that is based on the deep spiral movement that grows from the center of the body to the periphery. A tonic to release, strengthen and condition the entire fascia system, an interconnecting tissue where we keep the traumas and emotions of the subconscious.
Filipa’s classes are delivered in a hearty and non-intrusive way. She teaches with utmost compassion. She guides her students to understand the power residing behind the practice, one which will allow the foundation of a strong physical and emotional health. Her corrections are meticulous, an aspect that certainly relates to her longstanding ballet practice. With time, Filipa’s classes show you that the practice consists in a moving meditation which will give you a boost to start the day with renewed energy.