DISCOVER ASHTANGA YOGA!
WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
Ashtanga yoga was created by K. Pattabhi Jois, and it means "eight-branch yoga" in Sanskrit. It is a very dynamic and demanding practice that synchronizes the breath with a progressive set of postures. The goal of the practice is to produce intense internal heat that helps to detoxify and purify the body. The series of postures are generally guided by a teacher and help to strengthen the sheathing and tone the muscles. The physical practice (asana) is only a part of the eight-branch Ashtanga practice. It also includes moral and ethical principles, breathing work, sensation control, meditation and concentration. However, it is felt that it is necessary to start with the physical practice before moving on to the more advanced aspects of the practice.
Once students have memorized the Sun Salutation Series A and B, as well as the traditional standing postures, they can move on to the Mysore format, which is a stand-alone Ashtanga practice with a yoga teacher present to make corrections.
Regular practice can bring many physical and mental benefits!
physical benefits ashtanga
On a physical level:
- Increases sheathing and strengthens the body
- Improves stability
- Flexibility aid
- Weight loss
- Detoxifies and purifies the body
On a mental level:
- Helps reduce stress
- Increases the feeling of calm
- Improves mental focus