Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga has a comprehensive effect, impacting
- the physical level
- the energetic level
- the emotional level
- the mental level and
- the spiritual level.
Practiced regularly and correctly, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga can improve strength, flexibility, endurance and balancing skills.
Tensions in the body, as well as pain in back and shoulders, are reduced or even eliminated. Asymmetries in the body and one-sidedness can be balanced out. Furthermore, in my experience, the immune system benefits. Well-being increases significantly and energy-levels rise.
Through increased inner strength, emotional challenges are more easily mastered.
Mental clarity, confidence and intuition grow.
Comparable to the effect of regular meditation, students of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga may start to feel a sense of being “part of something larger” and feel more inner guidance.
As you become more in tune with your body and its needs, further steps to support a healthy lifestyle are more easily taken, such as, for example, a healthier diet.
As a result of regular practice, pains from old injuries may emerge and require special attention and care, in coordination with the teacher. This allows for true healing in the long-term.
While practicing, there will always be “plateau” phases. These are often the times in which important inner changes occur. Maintaining the practice and not throwing in the towel become of particular significance in these moments.
Lastly, while often disregarded, moderation is an important learning in yoga - over-ambitious practicing or the practice of asanas beyond ones capability can result in injuries and exhaustion. The saying “what comes through yoga, goes away through yoga” is often correct, but not always.