4th Series (Dharma Meghah): Deep back bending and hip work marks the realization of possibilities in this practice which bears the name “Cloud of Virtue”. This from Patanjali’s reference to the way that, just as rain pours forth from a cloud, the virtues of practice pours forth for the yogi only as more and more depth is gained. This practice begins with kumbhaka pranayama.
There is a 5th Series integral to the teachings of Yogastha Sadhana which is an “Open Practice.” This Open Practice provides the practitioner time and space to explore the bodily expression of an intuitive awareness and to follow that intelligence in the shaping of their practice as they see fit. The nature of this 5th practice will grow as the student grows within the structure of Series 1-4. In the tradition of understanding both practice and non-attachment as being equally crucial for the yogi, it is vital that the student learn the form and discipline behind each of the Series in a committed daily practice (Sadhana). It is then equally important that the student actively participates in evolving both the practice and themselves by tapping into the intuitive perception, trust and creativity that can only be found within.
Yogastha Sadhana is available for all level students since each posture of each Series has a prescribed modification for when a full pose or full vinyasa is not currently possible. And yet, this practice is truly meant for the committed student of yoga seeking to explore how the discipline behind the work of the body, breath and meditative mind on a daily basis brings one beyond the disjointed restless activity of life and into a restful heart - the unmoving vantage point from where the depth of life is truly realized.
For the safety, well being, and proper advancement of the student practicing Yogastha Sadhana, all training in the postures and vinyasas for each of the Series, along with the method of the pranayama and meditation exercises should be learned from an authorized teacher of Yogastha Sadhana.
Click here to listen to an audio call of the 1st Series of Yogastha Sadhana. To support your home practice, this audio call is to be used along with the Yogastha Sadhana Practice Guide which can be found at the “books” link above::
1st Series (Raja Vinyasa): A lotus based vinyasa practice that establishes the body in much needed balance and symmetry. This practice is the foundation for advancing into Series 2, 3, and 4 of Yogastha Sadhana, along with being fundamental to advancing deeper into the 8 limbs of yoga through a fully developed mind/body relationship.
2nd Series (Sattvabyasa): A vinyasa practice that promotes the lightness and intelligence of the body through back bends, twists, and arm balances. This practice begins with nadi shodhana pranayama and requires endurance gained by practicing the 1st Series regularly.
3rd Series (Sthita Prajna): One steady in wisdom through a devoted, one-pointed practice is the evolution into this vinyasa practice with a focus on bandha control, arm balances, and postures that stabilize the spine. This practice begins with kapalabhati pranayama.
Series 1-4 begins with Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations), along with a consistent set of standing postures. The Standing Series concludes with a balancing sequence (a sequence which is specific to each individual Series) before moving onto one of the following practices:
Yogastha Sadhana is a multi-limbed vinyasa yoga system which incorporates pranayama, Sutra contemplation and meditation into the daily asana practice. The 4 Series designed in this practice requires a specific development that includes a complete vinyasa system of moving the body in coordination with each breath. While this practice offers a physically demanding challenge in developing the body strength and flexibility; the intention of the practice is to recognize the power behind the structure of all levels of our existence - body, breath and mind - and to fearlessly move deeper into those levels.
Click here to listen to an audio call of the 2nd Series of Yogastha Sadhana. To support your home practice, this audio call is to be used along with the Yogastha Sadhana Practice Guide which can be found at the “books” link above: