Atha Yoga description and levels

Atha Yoga description and levels

ATHA YOGA – now yoga
by Isabella Welsch

Atha Yoga is much more than a practice confined to the yoga-mat at home or in a yoga studio. Atha yoga is a spiritual lifestyle, which supports you to deepen your awareness and sensitivity and to live in a more harmonious and connected state.

The unique approach of Atha Yoga by Isabella Welsch is an energetically balanced blend of Hatha- and Flow-Yoga:
Isabella Welsch, yoga-teacher, yoga book author and psychotherapist in Austria and Spain, developed Atha Yoga in around 30 years of experience with different yoga-schools. You will partly recognize the yoga-styles that influenced the creation of Atha-Yoga, such as Iyengar-Yoga, Ashtanga-Vinyasa-Yoga, Yoga of Energy (by Boris Tatzky), Kripalu-Yoga, Shadow-Yoga, Kalari-Yoga and Kundalini-Yoga (by Dhirendra Brahmachari), but Atha-Yoga is more than a fusion of these styles.

Atha Yoga is fully rooted in the indian system of the 5 elements and suits all constitutions:
After having studied closely the old texts of yoga, Isabella Welsch found a modern way of interpreting the old Indian system of the 5 elements. The sequencing of Atha Yoga is based on the 5 elements, namely earth, water, fire, air and space. The well balanced use of the energies of all elements within these series harmonizes the flow of energy in the organism, no matter which constitution.

Atha Yoga series are flexible:
The Athayoga series can be adapted according to your capacities and needs. You are shown dynamic as well as static variations of many postures and you will learn how, when and why to apply them and – very important – how to enjoy them!

The length of maintaining a posture and the numbers of repetitions are also individual and you can choose the level of acrobacy according to your own physiological and psychological structure. The form of each posture is adapted individually and Yoga-props can be used if necessary. Variety of breathing techniques and the bandhas (energetic locks) are practiced.

On the Atha Yoga-Workshops we practice on an intermediate level. You can often chose betweenn more simple and more challenging variations. It is always a plus to gain some Yoga-experience before attending a workshop and practice more intensely.

Atha Yoga meditations combine eastern wisdom with western psychology:
In our Atha Yoga-meditations on the elements, the chakras and the bhavanas (spiritual feelings as described in the Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali) you will experience, how Yoga, buddhistic meditation and western psychotherapeutic methods are essentially one and flow together in full harmony.

Atha Yoga is not dogmatic:

Best of all: Atha yoga is a non-dogmatic approach to Yoga. It is simply a tool, a concept that shows you how to understand and integrate the many – sometimes also seemingly contradictory – experiences that you can make on your vast journey of understanding yoga with different teachers and styles.