The Tristana method

The main method used in Ashtanga yoga is called Tristana and characterizes the three points of attention that we need to focus on during practice. These include the posture (asana), the point of concentration of the gaze (drishti) and the breathing technique. When these three elements are practiced simultaneously, the Tristana method allows physical practice to be transformed into meditation in motion. The poses purify and strengthen the body, give flexibility and strength. Drishti helps us focus our mind and find balance in the asanas. Long, even breaths warm the body from the inside. Another important component of the respiratory system includes mullah and uddiyana bandha. These are energy locks that give lightness, strength and health to the body.

Practicing the sequences in the correct order with the help of vinyasa, breathing and the use of bandha leads to intense internal warmth. This heat cleanses the muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins, as well as releasing beneficial hormones and minerals. Ashtanga yoga is quite a demanding practice. Strength, endurance and sweat are unique aspects of this yoga tradition. The result of this practice is a strong, flexible and calm body and a clear mind. Ashtanga yoga gradually leads the practitioner to rediscover and realize his full potential at all levels of human consciousness – physical, psychological and spiritual. Through this practice we gain control over the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one gains stability of body and mind.