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Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

 Astanga Vinyasa Yoga


Astanga, or Ashtanga Yoga, sometimes spelled, is actually taught by a man named Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India.



Astanga Vinyasa Yoga




 He brought astanga yoga to the West some 25 years ago and still teaches today at the age of 91. Astanga yoga began with the rediscovery of the ancient manuscript Yoga Korunta. It describes a unique system of Hatha yoga practiced and created by the ancient sage Vamana Rishi.


 It is believed to be the original asana practiced by Patanjali.


Yoga Korunta emphasizes vinyasa, or movement synchronized with the breath, where one practices a posture with specific associated breathing patterns. 





Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

This breathing technique is called ujayyi pranayama, or victorious breathing, and is a process that produces intense internal heat and profuse sweating that purifies and 




detoxifies the muscles and organs. This also releases beneficial hormones and nutrients, and is usually massaged back into the body. Breathing ensures efficient blood circulation. The result is better circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind.




Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

There is a proper sequence to follow when practicing Astanga yoga. One must graduate from one sequence of postures to move on to the next. The Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the body, purifying it so that toxins are not blocked. 




The Intermediate Series (Nadi Shodhana) purifies the nervous system by opening and cleansing the energy channels, allowing 



energy to pass through easily. Advanced Series A, B, C and D (Sthira Bhaga) integrate the grace and stamina of the practice, which requires intense flexibility.





Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

It is best to find a trained and knowledgeable teacher to help you through this discipline. It is an intense and rigorous practice, six days a week. You are guaranteed to find inner peace and satisfaction with every breath you take.

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