As part of developing the yoga community on Utila, we feel strong about aiming to integrate the variety of components integral to yoga, noting that Yoga is an eight limbed path, and is more than just physical asanas or exercise.
This 8 limbed path is called ASHTANGA described around year 200 a.C by the great Indian guru Patanjali, the first yogi that systematized an approach of yoga. You can see these 8 limbs/components in our diagram to the right and we have started to offer talks on this subject at least 1-2 a month. It basically incorporates not only postures, but breathwork, meditation, and concepts of how to act towards yourself and others in a kind honest way.
To clarify, there is also a style of physical class called ‘Ashtanga Vinyasa’, but ALL our classes whether its Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, etc, are based on this 8 limbed Ashtanga path of Patanjali and hold true to the belief that yoga is more than just exercise.
To help promote this idea, for all the teachers we bring in to teach for us, its important that they understand and can share with their students that yoga is more than just a “bunch of poses” or a way to get a nice backside. Another way to explain this is that we try and emphasize that the physical practice is important, but it is but 1 limb of yoga.