uma dame

Uma Dame , shanti house, is the first yoga shala in Timor Leste. And Dili Ashtanga Yoga (D.A.Y.) is the first yoga school in Timor Leste dedicated to offer the practice of yoga to anyone who is interested in yoga. Uma Dame has especially a focus on Mysore and LED style classes, and community yoga.

kona-ba yoga:
yoga mak siénsia antigu ida ne’ebé atu mantein no halo kultivasaun ba isin-lolon atu kria isin-lolon ne’ebé saúdavel no forte ne’ebe sei reflekta hanoin ka kakutak saúdavel no forte atu halo balansu ba enerjia atu nune’e bele hetan enerjia ne’ebé nakonu liutan

Uma Dame iha uma primeiru ba yoga iha timor leste. No Dili Ashtanga Yoga (D.A.Y) eskola primeiru ba yoga iha Timor Leste dedika no oferese kona-ba pratika ho ita-nia-an rasik kona-ba yoga ba ema ruma ne’ebe mak interese
D.A.Y. fasilita husi Ahimsaka Satya, ne’ebé remata tiha ona oras 200 YTT no hetan esperiensia kona-ba hanorin yoga no mos hetan sertifikadu husi yoga alliance.
Ba presu klase Timor Oan $2 10x (dala sanulu) $15 ($1.50. Klase ida )

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Mysore style practice

Mysore style

The Mysore style of yoga teaching is unique to the Ashthanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition designed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois last century. It enables the student to practice (explore) a fixed sequence of yoga asana on her/his on pace by following external as well as internal guidance. External guidance would be a teacher, who assist with mostly hands-on adjustments and fewer verbal instructions, and the inspiration of the fellow students around. Internal guidance would be foremost the breathe, the internal dialogue and body intuition / intelligence.
The student is not blindly following the instructions of the teacher but is activley present with the yoga sequence that is happening. The mind aswell as the body are involved in the sequence. Some days the body isn’t moving at all, other days the mind just seems totally out of it. It is here that observation of both body and mind takes place. Concentration, focus, preparation, calculation and observation are all qualities of the brain that need to be trained too. To remember which pose comes next requires some mental effort, and prevents the brain of zoning out into oblivion. It keeps the brain connected to the present, what is happening here and now. Mysore style of teaching puts more responsibility with the student and allows more space for the internal observation. It honors the diversity of the body, and let the student work with that diversity.
The teacher is not instructing the student with which asana comes next; but allows the student to move through her/his practice and adjusting where necessary. The adjustment are mostly physically and directed directly to the body, to prevent ego involvement. Though the teacher will observe both body and mind, and will work on both to create space, strength and ultimately balance and harmony.
The Mysore style of teaching goes hand in hand with the Ashthanga vinyasa sequences, though the style of teaching could be extended to any kind of sequence. As long as the student and teacher know which sequence is being followed, the Mysore style class could be functioning. Different sequences for different students to honor the diversity of the students. It requires intimate involvement of the teacher which her/his student practice and it asks from the student a commitment to the practice and an independent attitude. As a student you have to follow your inner guidance, using your internal devises to navigate yourself through the practice (and eventually life). The teacher is not there to tell you which pose is next and what to do, though will tell you when you forget. The teacher will guide you through the practice where it is necessary by letting you do your own practice.
The body remembers by repetition, its the mind that’s label’s repetition as boredom. The mind likes to spin, to move in between opposites. When the body remembers stillness, it will ask for more. That is where the asana and vinyasa comes in, the effect of the asana plus the sequence is one of inducing stillness (how stimulating, energizing, aggravating or heating it may seem at first glance ). The body and eventually the mind will long for that stillness. From there chance will happen.
Ahimsaka is offering every weekday the possibility of Mysore style classes from 6 a.m. to 7.45 a.m., at Dili Ashthanga Yoga, hosted at Dili Wellness / The upstairs Studio , Comoro road (opposite Leader, next to Harish and Dili Club). Please contact Ahimsaka first if you like to practice Mysore style.

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Ashtanga Hatha Immersion 2014

3 day ashtanga hatha immersion 2014 dates (3 days, 4 nights)

6 – 10 April 2014

5 – 9 July 2014

23 – 27 Aug 2014

2 – 5 Nov 2014

at Gedong Gandhi Ashram, Candidasa, Bali, Indonesia.

more information soon,

An immersion into ashtanga hatha yoga for beginners, for the curious and also for the ashtanga
practitioners who wish to explore and deepen their self practice. Inspired by, but not limited to,
the ashtanga vinyasa sequence of Sri Patthabi Jois.
Focus of these 3 days is to establish or fine-tune your own practice based on the ashtanga
primary sequence. Depending on where you are with your body and mind the sequence can be
modified, adding or skipping asana’s (or vinyasa’s), and with additional classes especially in
hip-opening, back-bending, vinyasa, and yin-yoga for ashtangi’s (weaving the limbs of the 8
astau/limbs of the yoga practice into the physical asana practice). There will be self practice
classes (working on your own pace and asana’s, the so called mysore style) and classes
practicing together with the group (Led classes). The special classes are to help you further in
your practice, supply you with additional information and asana’s, and a better understanding
of the ashtanga yoga, and going beyond the merely physical aspect. The ashtanga practice is
definitely a more strenuous and intensive practice, as it is meant to be a purifying practice.
However, the first guideline is always to work within the limits of your own body. Learning to
listen to your own body (and breath). From there we explore these limits, taking them as
frontiers rather than limitations, and going beyond the set expectations you have of your body
and mind.
Ashtanga Format*:
*for this immersion course you can decide which classes you wish to attend, depending on what
you want or think would work best for you. This can be discussed in advance/at the retreat.
1. Pre Breakfast Class: mysore style or Led class
2. Post Breakfast Class: mysore style or Led class
3. Early Afternoon Class: Special class. Hip-opening, back-bending, vinyassa
4. Late Afternoon Class: Yin-yoga for Ashtangi’s: targeting connective tissue, sense-withdrawal,
breath-work, meditation.

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ashtanga hatha yoga sadhana

ashtanga hatha yoga sadhana
“yoga changed my life; ashtanga changed my yoga”
There is lots of misunderstanding around all these terms, maybe “sadhana” is the most straight forward one; Sanskrit for practice. A sadhaka is a practitioner. The other terms have different meanings depending on who is asked. Ahimsaka is not interested in categorizing or labeling any of these words. Next to the yama & niyama’s there is only one more “rule” in yoga; no dogma’s! Yoga is more going against traditions, rather to establish them, it is learning about your tendencies, your habits. Same applies for society and its tendencies. Yoga is honoring the diversity of nature. It is about body (mind & breath) awareness and karma. We are all different yet the same. That is yoga (sanskrit for “to yoke, or union”). Hatha, coming from Ha and Tha, meaning Sun and Moon, the two opposite energies of the body, the pingala and the ida nadi’s (energy lines in the body). Hatha yoga’s purpose is to join those 2 forces, creating synergy and a stronger more balanced (kundalini) energy. The system it uses is based on the 8 folded path set out by Pantanjalim.  Asthanga referring to the eight fold path of yoga, is in that way the same as Hatha yoga, using both the same foundation.
Pattabhi Jois created a beautiful asana (Sanskrit for “to sit, or to take a seat”) sequence, linked together with vinyasa (sanskrit for” to place in a certain way”) and the breath (calm deep breathing) from his own experience and his knowledge from his teacher Krishnamacharya (who also taught B.K.S. Iyengar). The sequence is a system (a system in a system), and developed into what is now know as the primary series, intermediate series (2nd ) and advanced A, B,C, D. The Sanskrit name for primary series is “yoga chikitsa”, meaning “to purify’. The main purpose of this sequence is to purify the body & mind and prepare it for- and developing a yoga practice. The 2nd series is named; “nadi shodhana”; and its purpose is to strengthen the body. The next series are called Sthira Bhaga (sublime serenity) from where the sadhaka (practitioner) enters into realms of being a yogi..and receiving the benefits it brings with it. It are not only the asana’s that are linked together here, all the different limbs of yoga are joined together within the sequence. The breath is opening up the body, is calming the mind, is working on the focus, the yama’s & niyama’s are contemplated, and within all this intensity the ego drops away. The great thing about  practicing a sequence is that the students can do it on his or her own, developing a home based practice. Centuries ago a yogi used to seclude him or her self, completely devoting to the yoga practice. A set sequence enables the student to this again.
Ahimsaka’s own morning practice is the Ashtanga Series  taught by his teacher Balu Thevar. Which is slightly different from the sequence taught at the  KPJAYI institute. The classes Ahimsaka conducts are inspired on the Ashtanga sequence and Hatha yoga. They can be complimentary to a practice, or go more into depth of certain aspects of the practice. The 3-days “ashtanga immersions”, are much more focused on the ashtanga primary series. Please refer to the schedule for the focus and content of the classes.
the following information is a guide line for the more ashtanga primary series focused classes;
Modifications in the primary sequence;

  • variation on utthita hasta padangustasana A; not bringing head to knee.
  • variation on utthita hasta padangustasana C; bringing knee to head, leg higher.
  • added vrksasana (inbetween utthita hasta padangustasana D and ardha baddha padmottanasana).
  • added janu sirsasana D, or parivritta janu sirsasana, after janu sirsasana C.
  • added variation on supta padangustasana after supta janu sirsanana C.

Do the poses for yourself for a couple of times, become aware of their effects, their benefits and then decide for yourself if you think you want to keep it into your own practice.
Options in practice;

  • Complete vinyasa; doing complete vinyasa back to samathihi. (standing pose)
  • Full vinyasa; after each half asana, doing a vinyasa back to downward dog and back into the asana again (in to the pose vinyasa – right side – vinyasa – left side – vinyasa out of the pose)
  • Half vinyasa; after each complete asana doing a vinyasa back to downward dog and into the following asana.
  • No vinyasa

When and where to stop;
Ahimsaka encourage the student to listen to his or her own body; the body will tell you when to stop. The ego is the one that often forces the body into an asana. The sequence can be learned by asana apart or as a sequence together. With the first option the students masters one asana first and then moving to the following on. The later option, taking the sequence as a whole, the student works on mastering the whole sequence, doing the asana’s he or she is able to do, and for the ones that are not possible yet; doing alternatives asana’s or leaving them out.
Personal modifications and variations;
Depending where the student is in his or her practice, Ahimsaka can give modifications, variations and suggestions, to enable the student practice and tailor the set sequence to the student.
Props or not;
Props can be very useful, they can teach a student a lot about the asana and about his or her own body and mind. The guide line Ahimsaka uses is not to get depended on the prop. Use a prop on alternate days for example. A prop can be anything that supports the student with the asana; a block, a belt, but also a mat, a hot room, a mirror and also a teacher.
LED class and Mysore style class;
Led class; a teacher is leading a class, and the students follow uniformly.
Mysore style; the student practices on his or her own pace, a teacher will assist (adjust) were necessary.
for more information; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtanga_Vinyasa_Yoga , http://kpjayi.org/
“And do not forget; do not make the method an end in it self!”

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