Photo by Leo Castillo
I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but I and my officemates were actually planning to enroll in a yoga class long before I was invited to a Yoga Workshop along with my CBS mate, Prince Ryan Gilig. I’ve been planning to enroll in any health and fitness program, but my erratic work schedule became a big hindrance. It was actually my pleasure to accept Edert’s invitation to attend and cover his friend’s Yoga Workshop (Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Principles) last 23rd of October at the 5th floor of AMSLAI building in Lahug, Cebu City.
The workshop was headed by Amitabha Ebj, an international Yoga Practitioner of 37 years and the Managing Director of Body Mind Well Being Inc.. It focuses more on Ashtanga basics wherein the participants were being taught proper sun salutations, plus exploration of breathing and in deep of the unique principlye system of Ashtaga yoga breath movement.
Ashtanga Yoga according to Ashtanga Yoga Institute, is an ancient system of Yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi. One of its main components is the Vinyasa, which means breathing and movement system. It constitutes that for each movement, there is one breath. Its main purpose is for internal cleansing. During the workshop, the participants didn’t only experience the wellness of the body, but also of the soul.
The other important component is the Tristhana. This describes the three places of attention or action: posture, breathing system, and looking place. According to AYI, these three are very important for yoga practice, which also cover three levels of purification: the body, nervous system, and mind. In the Ashtanga Vinsaya Yoga Workshop, Ebj properly emphasized all of these to the participants.
There are six poisons that are being burned when you practice Ashtanga Yoga. These are desire, anger, delusion, greed, envy, and sloth. It is said that when Yoga practice is sustained with great diligence and dedication over a long period of time, the heat generated from it burns away these poisons, and the light of our inner nature shines forth. (This forms the practical and philosophic basis of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.)
Ashtanga Mantra (Opening Prayer) and Mangala Mantra (Closing Prayer) were also performed during the workshop. The participants were also able to performed the following various sets of Ashtanga Yoga postures and positions.
At the end of activity, the participants were being treated to a very healthy snacks of camote tops juice squeezed with lemons, empanada filled with vegetable fillings, and crackers topped with ground vegan meat.
Reference: Ashtanga Yoga Institute
N.B.: Video documentation of this event is still being edited by Prince Ryan Gilig.