21 Apr

Garbha Pindasana~ embryo pose really is a beautiful posture. Found in the Primary series of Astanga Yoga.🧘🏽‍♂️🧘🏼‍♀️Are you visiting Brighton this summer, or picking up some studies for a semester or more? If so, come and study with us @yogabasebrighton & @brightonnaturalhealthcentre We are the only Mysore program in Brighton & Hove and we also offer daily drop in classes.🏼Check out our website for details or just pop in. We will be there.🏼️…..#astanga #yoga #mysorestyle #garbhapindasana #primaryseries #yogachikitsa #brighton #summerstudyinbrighton #semester #overseasstudy #studyabroad #sussexstudyabroad #student #brightonforthesummer #astangayogabrighton #ayb #aybtn #yogabasebrighton #brightonnaturalhealthcentre 📸 @jordanpaulyoga

Garbha Pindasana~ embryo pose really is a beautiful posture. Found in the Primary series of Astanga Yoga.🧘🏽‍♂️🧘🏼‍♀️Are you visiting Brighton this summer, or picking up some studies for a semester or more?  If so, come and study with us @yogabasebrighton & @brightonnaturalhealthcentre We are the only Mysore program in Brighton & Hove and we also offer daily drop in classes.🏼Check out our website for details or just pop in. We will be there.🏼️.....#astanga #yoga #mysorestyle #garbhapindasana #primaryseries #yogachikitsa #brighton #summerstudyinbrighton #semester #overseasstudy #studyabroad  #sussexstudyabroad #student #brightonforthesummer #astangayogabrighton #ayb #aybtn #yogabasebrighton #brightonnaturalhealthcentre 📸 @jordanpaulyoga

11 Apr

Kapotasanais said to prolong the yogis life span. That maybe so, but for some it feels like a walk with death☠️Other benefits include:strengthens spine, opens upper arms & shoulders, releases nervous system, dissolves excess fat from hips & waist, strengthens pelvis, cleanses & opens mūlādhāra and svādhisthāna cakras. This posture is found within the second series of Astanga Yoga and certainly isn’t for the faint hearted🧡 Practice, practice, practice 🏼#kapotasana #pigeon #pigeonpose #nadisodhana #astanga #yoga #15vinyasas #heartopening #secondseries #backbending #backyougo #keepbreathing #dristhi #shoulderopener #yogabasebrighton #brightonnaturalhealthcentre @brightonnaturalhealthcentre @yogabasebrighton

Kapotasanais said to prolong the yogis life span. That maybe so, but for some it feels like a walk with death☠️Other benefits include:strengthens spine, opens upper arms & shoulders, releases nervous system, dissolves excess fat from hips & waist, strengthens pelvis, cleanses & opens mūlādhāra and svādhisthāna cakras. This posture is found within the second series of Astanga Yoga and certainly isn’t for the faint hearted🧡 Practice, practice, practice 🏼#kapotasana #pigeon #pigeonpose #nadisodhana #astanga #yoga #15vinyasas #heartopening #secondseries #backbending #backyougo #keepbreathing #dristhi #shoulderopener #yogabasebrighton #brightonnaturalhealthcentre @brightonnaturalhealthcentre @yogabasebrighton

10 Apr

Your practice doesn’t expect you to show up happy. It asks that you be present. It doesn’t mind if you are put together, or if you are a mess. You can arrive with a jumbled mind and a heavy heart. Your practice could care less if you can touch your toes or meditate for hours. It asks simply, that you show up 🏼Monday 6.30am + 9am with @astangasmiles & 6.30pm with @katduckenfield @brightonnaturalhealthcentre @yogabasebrighton …..#astanga #yoga #dailypractice #showup #turnup #seewhathappens #justbreathe #asana #resorecalm #brighton #ayb #astangayogabrighton

Your practice doesn’t expect you to show up happy. It asks that you be present. It doesn’t mind if you are put together, or if you are a mess. You can arrive with a jumbled mind and a heavy heart. Your practice could care less if you can touch your toes or meditate for hours. It asks simply, that you show up 🏼Monday 6.30am + 9am with @astangasmiles & 6.30pm with @katduckenfield @brightonnaturalhealthcentre @yogabasebrighton .....#astanga #yoga #dailypractice #showup #turnup #seewhathappens #justbreathe #asana #resorecalm #brighton #ayb #astangayogabrighton

04 Apr

“As with all things in life, in the constant regeneration of our bodies and fluctuations of our minds, permanence does not exist and soon that contented feeling of happiness we feel initially wears off. It’s easy once the ‘high’ has worn off to get into a cycle of seeking our next goal, basing our entire sense of peace and happiness upon achieving it.”~@astangasmiles 🧘🏻‍♀️🏻🧘🏽‍♂️Read more of Sarah’s blog on the Niyamas~ Santosha on our website http://www.yogabasebrighton.co.uk/news-posts/niyamas-santosha/⚖️⚖️⚖️#krounchasana #nadisodhana #secondseries #astanga #yoga #photoshoot #instaphoto #niyamas #santosha #contentment #ayb #atyourbest #aybtn #astangayogabrighton #yogabasebrighton @brightonnaturalhealthcentre #brightonnaturalhealthcentre @arabellatwh

“As with all things in life, in the constant regeneration of our bodies and fluctuations of our minds, permanence does not exist and soon that contented feeling of happiness we feel initially wears off. It’s easy once the ‘high’ has worn off to get into a cycle of seeking our next goal, basing our entire sense of peace and happiness upon achieving it.”~@astangasmiles 🧘🏻‍♀️🏻🧘🏽‍♂️Read more of Sarah’s blog on the Niyamas~ Santosha on our website  http://www.yogabasebrighton.co.uk/news-posts/niyamas-santosha/⚖️⚖️⚖️#krounchasana #nadisodhana #secondseries #astanga #yoga #photoshoot #instaphoto #niyamas #santosha #contentment #ayb #atyourbest #aybtn #astangayogabrighton #yogabasebrighton @brightonnaturalhealthcentre #brightonnaturalhealthcentre @arabellatwh

03 Apr

“We know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun, that is funny”~Dr SeussWe are excited to see you tomorrow at 6.30am & 9am for Mysore practice🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️All our drop in classes remain the same as last term and the new course dates are on the website for you to bookJust click the link in our bioSee you in the morning🏼….#astanga #yoga #rainymornings #rainydays #drsuess #instaquotes #practiceyogachangeyourworld #astangayogainbrighton #brightonnaturalhealthcentre #yogabasebrighton #astangayogabrighton

“We know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun, that is funny”~Dr SeussWe are excited to see you tomorrow at 6.30am & 9am for Mysore practice🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️All our drop in classes remain the same as last term and the new course dates are on the website for you to bookJust click the link in our bioSee you in the morning🏼....#astanga #yoga #rainymornings #rainydays #drsuess #instaquotes #practiceyogachangeyourworld #astangayogainbrighton #brightonnaturalhealthcentre #yogabasebrighton #astangayogabrighton

30 Mar

One last chance to practice with us before the Easter weekend Join @katduckenfield tonight 7.30pm for full Primary. Be sure to book in as places go fast🐇We want to wish you a lovely, relaxing long weekend and look forward to see you back @brightonnaturalhealthcentre Tues 3 April 6.30am & 9am. Don’t forget your home practice🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏼‍♂️#homepractice #astanga #yoga #easter #timetable #restday #moonday #springbreak #spring #newlife #breath #brightonnaturalhealthcentre #yogabasebrighton

One last chance to practice with us before the Easter weekend Join @katduckenfield tonight 7.30pm for full Primary. Be sure to book in as places go fast🐇We want to wish you a lovely, relaxing long weekend and look forward to see you back @brightonnaturalhealthcentre Tues 3 April 6.30am & 9am. Don’t forget your home practice🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏼‍♂️#homepractice #astanga #yoga #easter #timetable #restday #moonday #springbreak #spring #newlife #breath #brightonnaturalhealthcentre #yogabasebrighton

20 Mar

Why do we chant at the beginning and closing of our Astanga practice?

Why do we chant at the beginning and closing of our Astanga practice?

I love to chant. I like the way the ancient sounds form in my mouth and the unfamiliar tones that resonate in different areas of my body. I imagine these ancient prayers coming into sonic form before rising out of my body and connecting with the energy that surrounds my physical being and beyond. All of these actions combine to make me feel at peace when I chant.

Studies have shown that chanting, with its rhythmic vibrations, has a physically calming  response on the body. Chanting calms our mind, which has the knock-on effect of stabilising our heart rate. Blood pressure decreases, slowing down the nervous system and producing beneficial endorphins that boost our metabolic system. 
Astanga literally means ‘eight limbs’.  In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Niyamas are the second limb of the eight limbs of Yoga. They are divided into five.  The fifth Niyama is Isvarapranidhana, which translates to contemplation of God, the true self and attainment to supreme consciousness.We chant in Sanskrit, which is said to be the language of the heart (perhaps that’s why it has such a healthy affect on it); opening our consciousness onto a higher plane and bringing us closer to the higher self.

We know, through physics, that everything in the universe is vibrating. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz — the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
The opening chant is also a blessing of gratitude offered to the lineage of teachers before us. It energetically cleanses the space, as well as preparing us for the practice ahead.
The closing chant seals a peaceful end — but not only to our practice. The last line ‘Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu’ literally translates as ‘May all sentient beings everywhere be happy and free and may my own words, thoughts and actions contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.’ Leaving us on a note that helps us to stay mindful throughout the day.
20 Mar

“No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow” ~ProverbHappy Spring Equinox It’s been a rough few weeks of snow and sub zero temperatures but we are hoping that’s behind us now🤞🏼Come to daily practice or book a course but don’t forget to tell your friends how great Astanga Yoga makes you feel. Do them a favour and put a spring in their step tooMon – 6.30, 9am & 6.30pmTues- 6.30, 9am & 8pmWed – 6.30, 9am, 6.30 & 8pmThurs – 6.30am & 7.30pmFri – 6.30am & 6pmSat – 8amClick the link in our bio for timetable and bookings🥚🥚🥚🥚#spring #equinox #clocks #seasonschange #springforward #hatching #astanga #yoga #newcourses #newenergy #yogabasebrighton @brightonnaturalhealthcentre #brightonnaturalhealthcentre #dothemafavour #putaspringinyourstep

“No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow” ~ProverbHappy Spring Equinox  It’s been a rough few weeks of snow and sub zero temperatures but we are hoping that’s behind us now🤞🏼Come to daily practice or book a course but don’t forget to tell your friends how great Astanga Yoga makes you feel. Do them a favour and put a spring in their step tooMon - 6.30, 9am & 6.30pmTues- 6.30, 9am & 8pmWed - 6.30, 9am, 6.30 & 8pmThurs - 6.30am & 7.30pmFri - 6.30am & 6pmSat - 8amClick the link in our bio for timetable and bookings🥚🥚🥚🥚#spring #equinox #clocks #seasonschange #springforward #hatching #astanga #yoga #newcourses #newenergy #yogabasebrighton @brightonnaturalhealthcentre #brightonnaturalhealthcentre #dothemafavour #putaspringinyourstep