The yoga taught at Studio Abhyas is in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya and Sri TKV Desikachar
The style is intuitive, faithfully follows the breath, aims at making the practitioner self-reliant, and is sensorially guided from the inside, and strongly resists standardisation.
According to Sri. Krishnamacharya, yoga necessarily involves the in-tandem working of the body, mind and breath. His son and disciple, T.K.V. Desikachar further tweaks this model by saying that yoga is about the working together of the body, breath, mind and “something more”.
Asana, therefore, in this style is necessarily practiced along with prescribed breath. It can be gentle or strong, depending upon the requirement, age, focus and proclivity of the practitioner; and places a lot of onus on the practioner to gauge his/her sense of just-rightness. Though this school adheres firmly to the cerebral teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, it also most effectively incorporates the subtle aspects or dharanas of tantric practice, such as nyasa, bandha, beeja-mantra, nada, and vyoma.
Navtej Johar is further inspired by tantric texts such at the Vijnana Bhairava that further delineate the above mentioned dharanas, all of which are primarily focused on making the practice deeply satisfying, finely attuned and ever-subtler!