News on classes and bookings for this coming season, 2017 - 2018, will be posted later in November.
Bonne Santé offers Ashtanga Vinyassa ‘Flow’ yoga classes, or one-to-one/group sessions, that focus on breathing, conscious movement and alignments. Linking the mind and body in and out of balance through the flowing of breath.
Yoga has its seeds in the beginning of time, yet it still continues to evolve. It is a live, breathing art, inspired from the depths of nature. So, what perfect place to honour and celebrate this than in the breathtaking views of the Alps.
The term ‘yoga’, derived from Sanskrit, means ‘union, bringing together, connection and communion’ and refers to the union between the individual and universal spirit or self. It is an ancient form of exercise for both the mind and the body, believed to have originated anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago in ancient Indian philosophy. It can be undertaken by people of all ages and all fitness levels. It is also widely used to help people recover from injuries, operations and even acute ailments such as arthritis as a gentle way to promote healing and improve flexibility, mobility and strength.
Ashtanga is a unique form of physical yoga to cultivate an inner core strength. The practice that literally means eight limbs, is defined as:
- The Five Yamas (ethical and moral restraints).
- The Five Niyamas (practices to create inner integrity).
- Asanas (postures).
- Pranayama (breathing).
- Pratyahara (sensory withdrawl).
- Dharana (concentration).
- Dhyana (meditation).
- Samadhi (enlightenment, bliss state of oneness).
The distinguishing elements of Ashtanga yoga and its practice are woven together with the above eight limbs to create a complete spiritual practice (sadhana), including:
- Vinyasa - breath-synchronised motion.
- Ujjayi Pranayama - victorious breathing.
- The Bandhas - inner locks.
- The Dristis - gaze points.
Ultimately, this yoga is a dynamic, vigorous practice that uses breath control techniques (vinyasa) to flow from one asana (posture) to the next. It is known to cleanse the body, still the mind and promote great energy and fitness .......especially for the mountain.
So whether you are a seasoned yogi or yogini, have experimented with a few postures or are a complete newbee, we hope to see you on a mat soon!