Everything is conditioned by the perception of the one who experiences this or that event. The perception of reality is influenced by the so – called “Vritti”-fluctuations of the mind, about which Patanjali writes in the yoga sutras. There are five types of Vritti. This is what Patanjali writes in the Sutra of the sixth Chapter of the first: right knowledge, wrong knowledge, fantasy, dream and memories. One type of Vritti – Viparyaya is false knowledge.
In Sanskrit “viparyaya” means “false knowledge”or” wrong knowledge”. The concept of “Viparyaya” Patanjali reveals in the Sutra of the eighth Chapter of the first. A. Bailey’s translation of the Sutra reads as follows:”Wrong knowledge is based on the perception of form, and not on the state of being.” That is, with this perception, the person behind the form does not see the essence. Continue reading
According to tradition, two forms of training are used in Ashtanga yoga: Ice class and Mysore class.
An ice class is a lesson that is held at the expense of the teacher. The whole group synchronously performs the sequence, rebuilding their breath under this score. Practitioners perform the same asanas, following the instructions of the teacher. The teacher calls the asanas, marks the beginning of the inhalation and exhalation, gives instructions on how to build up the asana, hold the bandhas and direct your gaze (drishti).
The Mysore class (got its name from the city of Mysore, where the ashtanga yoga school founded by Pattabhi Jois is located) is a lesson in which the practitioner, independently of others, performs a sequence in the rhythm of his breathing, at a pace convenient for him. Continue reading