Every asana is a vinyasa in Sri Krishnamacharya’s tradition. The meaning of the word Vinyasa is to place the body in a special way. (Nyasa = to place, vi = in a special way.) . The special way herein implies adhering to the grammar of the Asana and to stay in it with sthiram (stability), a long comfortable breath (sukham)  and with a focused mind. We need to move, stay and reflect so as to break the rigidity of the body and the mind. This requires effort: prayatna.

Let us explore the asanas in movement and in stay, gradually progressing towards beautiful sequences. This will lead us to a quiet focused space, will help us befriend our breath through pranayama and will enable us to closely watch our mind through dharana. 

About the teacher:

Jyothi Shanbhag is a certified Yoga Therapist from YogaVahini and holds a diploma in Yoga from Yoga Rakshanam. 

Her journey with yoga started in the form of Yoga Therapy with Yoga Raksanam in 2002, to address problems with her health. Learning Yoga under her teacher’s guidance helped her heal from within, opening up a new dimension in her life. She has been practising Yoga in the Sri Krishnamacharya tradition for 20 years and continues to be a mentor at YogaVahini. 

Jyothi loves teaching children and is experienced at teaching a wide spectrum of students ranging from young children to the elderly. 

In 2014, Jyothi , with the support of her teacher and a dear colleague, started teaching Asana, Pranayam and Chanting to a group of children with special needs along with their families. She believes that this teaching, which has continued week after week for 8 years despite the pandemic, has taught her to look at the world with a new perspective and connect with people at a deeper level. 

Her vast experience with children with various needs speaks not only about her skills as a therapist but also about her ability to create beautiful vinyasas loved by children and adults alike.

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