At Maui Hot Yoga, we offer several styles of yoga.
The Yoga classes we offer at Maui Hot Yoga are Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Flow Yoga, Stand Up Paddle Yoga (SUP) Acro Yoga, Partner Yoga, Thai Yoga Therapy, and restorative yoga.
We also offer fun hot yoga classes in a flow style with influence from kickboxing drills, circus training, acrobatics, and Pilates.
Take note, all these styles are considered hot yoga, as we will sweat in all these different style classes.
Our studio is based on the teachings Reverend Mary Grace learned directly with the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India.
We teach a blend of Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, with a bit of influence from our teacher since 2002, Sri Dharma Mittra.
Yoga is a philosophy of life which also has the potential to create a vibrantly healthy body and mind.
Ashtanga Yoga, practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness – physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing ( ujjayi Pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves.
By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind.
“Ashtanga” literally means eight limbs. They are described by Patanjali as Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control, Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (absorption). These branches support each other. Asana practice must be established for proper practice of Pranayama and is a key to the development of the yamas and niyamas. Once these four externally oriented limbs are firmly rooted, the last four internally oriented limbs will spontaneously evolve over time.
“Vinyasa” means breath syncronized movement. The breath is the heart of this discipline, and links asana to asana in a precise order. By synchronizing movement with breathing and practicing Mulabandha and Uddiyabandha (internal locks), an intense internal heat is produced. This heat purifies muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins as well as releasing beneficial hormones and minerals, which can nourish the body when the sweat is massaged back into the skin. The breath regulates the vinyasa and ensures efficient circulation of blood. The result is a light, strong body. There are three groups of sequencing in the Ashtanga system. The primary series (yoga chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the body. The intermediate system (nadi sodhana) purifies the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels. The advanced series A.B.C.D. (stirtha gah sampata) integrate the strength and grace of the practice, requiring higher levels of flexibility and humility. Each level is to be fully developed before proceding to the next, and the sequential order of asanas is to meticulously followed. Each pose is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further.
The emphasis on the power of the Breath. With the continuity of deep, even breathing cannot be over emphasized in the Ashtanga yoga system. When the breath feeds action, and action is the posture, each movement becomes gentle, precise, and perfectly steady. According to the teaching of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “breath is life”. Breathing is our most fundamental and vital action and holds a Divine essence; exhalation is a movement towards God and inhalation is an inspiration from God. Practice: it is said that where there is no effort there is no benefit. Strength, stamina and sweat are unique aspects of this traditional yoga system, seemingly contrary to western perceptions of yoga. This demanding practice requires considerable effort to purify the nervous system. The mind becomes lucid, clear and precise.
According to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois “Wherever you look you will see God”. Only Through practice will we realize the truth of what our Guru often says “Everything is God”. –Lino Miele For more on the ashtanga yoga system, see Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ explanation on the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute’s Website.