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The body is not stiff, the mind is stiff.

(S.K.Patthabi Jois)

BIOGRAPHY

I remember my first Yoga lesson as if it was yesterday...
My body was stiff, my spirit more so. But through this wonderful discipline, which entered my soul and became a way of life, my body and my spirit began to loosen more and more. Yoga not only made me more flexible in the body and in the mind, it also taught me that when consciousness and consistency exist, anything is possible. It steered me in the direction of change and towards the desire to share these precious customs through teaching.

Beatrice Bassi

Experience

2009: My experience of Yoga began under the guide of Elena De Martin, a certified level 2 teacher of the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute of Mysore. Elena remains my teacher, someone I greatly admire who helped me to better understand all that Yoga stands for: to believe, to want, to persevere, to have faith and trust.

2010: I attended my first two week workshop with Elena De Martin in Goa, India, where the intense practice of asana is accompanied by a profound study of the philosophy of Yoga, of the chanting and of the Transcendental Meditation taught by great Indian Masters M.A. Jayashree and M.A. Narasimhan.

2010-2013: I left my city, my lifestyle and my work as a manager in the fashion industry to develop my practice, not just in terms of asanas, but also through dedication to the study of the philosophy of Yoga, of the meditation and the pranayama practiced by the great Masters such as David Swenson, Tim Feldman, Eddie Stern, Juha Javanainen, Kino MacGregor and Lino Miele.

2013: I spent two months studying with the great Master Sharat Jois - the grandson and the indicated successor of S.K. Patthabi Jois - at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Whilst here, motivation to share the benefits of Yoga arose within me and I began to teach.

January 2015: I travelled to Rishikesh in India, at the Tattvaa Yoga Shala. Here, I undertook an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training course under the expert guide of Masters Sunil Sharma and Kamal Singh. Here, I broadened my understanding of the therapeutic aspects of asana, meditation, pranayama and learnt the teaching of Yoga Nidra, a technique of deep and extremely beneficial relaxation.

February, 2015: I acquired the instructor's certificate of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, recognized by Yoga Alliance USA and established BB yoga. 

 November, 2015: I completed a full 40 hours course of intensive study in the foundations and teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga with David Swenson.

My body is my temple, asana are my prayers.

(B.K.S. Iyengar)

Opening Mantra

Om
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde Sandarshita svatmasukavabodhe Nishreyase jangalikayamane Samsara halahala mohashantyai
Abahu purushakaram Shankhacakrsi dharinam Sahasra sirasam svetam Pranamami patanjalim
Om

Om
I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru which awakens insight into the happiness of pure Being, which is the refuge, the natural physician, that eliminates delusions caused by the toxicity of Samsara (conditioned existence). I prostrate before the sage Patanjali who has thousands of radiant, pure heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta) and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).
Om

Closing Mantra

Om
Swasthi-praja bhyah pari pala yantam Nya-yena margena mahi-mahishaha Go-bramanebhyaha-shubamastu-nityam Lokaa-samastha sukhino-bhavantu
Om
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi

Om
May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue To protect the welfare of all generations. May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed, May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Om peace, peace, perfect peace

Yoga means union

"Union of spirit and body, union of one with the divine, union with others. It is a discipline that begins in the body and extends into philosophy and meditation. More than anything, Yoga is 99 % practice and 1 % theory".
(Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois)

Yoga means union, union of body, spirit and soul. It is the system that allows us to obtain excellent health of the skeletal muscle apparatus, of the respiratory and circulatory system, as well as strong mental balance.

Ashtanga Yoga, in particular, starts with the movement of the body, in which the synchronization with the breath is the central point, and it concludes with helping us to calm and to focus our spirit.

The term Ashtanga, which can be found in one of the oldest and most important writings of Yoga - "Yoga Sutra" of Patanjali - means, literally, 8 branches. These are 8 instruments of the system Yoga that allow, as mentioned in the introduction, the union of body, spirit and soul.

These 8 elements are:


Ethical behavior towards others (Yama)

Ethical behavior towards ourselves (Nyama)

Postures (Asana)

Control of the breath (Pranayama)

Control of the senses (Pratyara)

Concentration (Dharana)

Meditation (Dhyana)

Contemplation (Samadhi)

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois began his studies in 1927 at the age of 12, under the guidance of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. He dedicated himself to daily practice of asana and his understanding of yoga by studying the original ancient writings. In 1948, he created the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, in the South of India, to teach the traditional method described in some of these former texts. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois became famous due to the teaching of this method, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: a system that combines the movement of the body with the synchronization of the breath. Pattabhi Jois often told pupils during sessions, "Practice! Practice! 99% of yoga is practice, 1% is theory. "

"To breathe is very important, without the breath there can be no union between spirit and body.
There is a special method to breathe called Vinyasa. When the Vinyasa is correct, the spirit is under control. It is the breath that controls the spirit. Yoga is possible for anyone that wishes for it, Yoga is universal".

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(Sri K. Patthabi Jois)

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THE PRACTICE

The practice consists of a pre-arranged sequence of postures (asana) connected by a special type of breathing, ujjayi pranayama, which will be demonstrated by the teacher who will indicate when to inhale and when to exhale.
This type of Yoga requires a very dynamic approach. The body is constantly in movement and once the intended posture has been reached, we remain there on average for 5 seconds - or better yet 5 breaths - with the exception of some asanas in which we may aim to reach a maximum of 20 breaths.

There are three groups of sequences in Ashtanga Yoga:

the First Series, Yoga Chikitsa, detoxifies and promotes the alignment of the body;

the Intermediate Series, Nadi Sodhana, cleanses the nervous system and opens the energy channels;

the Advanced Series A, B, C, D, Sthira Bhaga develops substantial internal and mental strength.

In the tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, learning takes place with the guide of a master (teacher), who in turn practised under the guidance of their own teacher, who transmitted valuable knowledge and experience. (Parampara).

Sri T. Krishnamacharya

Sri K.Pattabhi Jois

Elena De Martin

The technical elements of practice

"Yoga takes you into the present moment - the only place where life exists."
(Unknown)

Movement, breath and gaze are the pillars of this practice:

• Each movement is executed with one inspiration or one expiration (Vinyasa), to regulate the breath and stimulate healthy circulation. The intended breath is called "victorious breath" (Ujjay Pranayama), obtained by encouraging an open and relaxed throat, by inhaling and by exhaling only through the nose and practising a light lock of the larynx to create a sound that becomes a mantra for concentration;

• During every posture we focus our "gaze" (Drishti) towards a specific point, enabling complete concentration on movement;

• Throughout the practice, three particular muscular contractions / locks (Bandha) allow us to maintain a heightened internal body heat, which eliminates toxins and gives us of the strength for the correct execution of the postures.

The two main locks are Mula Bandha, "lock of the root", which involves contracting the pelvic floor, and Uḍḍῑyᾱna Bandha, "abdominal lock", which involves contracting the lower abdominals towards the spinal column. The third lock is Jàlandhara Bandha, "lock of the throat", executed by lowering the chin slightly while expanding the breastbone and looking towards the tip of the nose.

Practice should only be undertaken with expert guidance, with a teacher who will help you to accomplish the sequence correctly and avoid injury.

Pointers for practice

"Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being ourselves"
(Bhagavad Gita)

• Inform the teacher in advance of any current discomforts or injuries, including anything that may have caused you trouble in the past. The advice given will be crucial for correct practice, though always keeping in mind that nobody knows your own body better than yourself.

• Practice with an empty stomach, approximately 2 hours after a meal and ideally with clear bowels.

• During practice, it is advised that you do not drink and wait until 30mins after the end of the session to rehydrate.

• Bring a small towel.

• Wear comfortable clothing, preferably close fitting.

• Practice is barefoot.

Primary Series Ashtanga Yoga

Yoga Chikitsa

Classes

I hold lessons in Italian, English and French. Group and individual lessons available.
Please note that for group classes, places are limited. These schedules give an indication but can be flexible, please kindly contact me by email or by telephone for further details.

 

 

 

@ Doctor's Verget Office, Marines de Gassin

Plan

Monday        19.00 - 20.30

Wednesday   18.15 - 19.45

Places are limited. Kindly confirm your attendance by calling Beatrice at 06 24794098.

@ 12, Rue du Cepoun San Martin, Saint Tropez

Kindly call Beatrice for futher information.

@ Jardin de la Pibule, Cogolin

Wednesday 09.30 - 11.00 (meeting at 09.15)

Friday          09.30 - 11.00 (meeting at 09.15)

For further information kindly visit:

www.yoga-saint-tropez.com

 

Beatrice Bassi

info@bbyoga.fr - info@bbyoga.it
+33 6 24794098
+39 335 6374292