Ashtanga Yoga

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga also known as Vinyasa Yoga is a yoga system is said to have been recorded by Vamana Rishi in his manuscript the “yoga Korunta”. This historical document was introduced to Pattabhi Jois, who started to teach the Ashtanga yoga practice around the 1940’s. Like many yoga styles Ashtanga it’s made of physical postures that help improve the physical body, mental and spiritual self. Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga literally translate to “eight-limbed Yoga” that are related to the 8 different elements that lead to the a path of purification following this eight spiritual practices:

1-Yama (moral codes)
2-Niyama (the study of self purification)
3-Asana (correct posture)
4-Pranayama (control of the breath)
5-Pratyahara (control of the senses)
6-Dharana (concentration and focus)
7-Shyana (meditation)
8-Samadhi (absorption into the universal)

The first four of the eight limbs (yama, niyama , asana and pranayama) of this Ashtanga Yoga, are focus on external cleansing practices.

Yoga refers to the “controlling of the mind”. to acquire control of your mind when practicing Ashtanga Yoga you must master yama and niyama. This control results after practicing Ashtanga Yoga for an extended period of time. Practitioners must take on daily Ashtanga Yoga asana (posture) to correct the body posture and alignment and attain the control of the mind.

To preform correct asana in Ashtanga Yoga, we must use vinyasa and tristhana correctly. vinyasa and tristhana refer to the breathing and the movement system .Each movement in Ashtanga Yoga requires one breath.

Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga

Other benefits of Ashtanga Yoga poses include:

External Cleansing- The first four limbs in Ashtanga yoga are considered to help external cleansing. The benefits of practicing these limbs include coordination, flexibility, balance, and strength. Many practitioners have reported that Ashtanga yoga can help joint pain and help improve digestive problems.

Internal Cleansing-
The second limbs in Ashtanga Yoga is based on internal cleansing of the mind. Allowing for self-mind control, intended to help the practitioner control the “6 spiritual poisons”. These poisons are greed, envy, desire, anger, delusion, and sloth. After practicing Ashtanga yoga, with time these poison thoughts are said to leave your mind completely.

As many yoga practices the Ashtanga Yoga takes a lot of work, dedication and rehearsal. Most teachers recommend a class at least twice a week. It’s like a hill where you make slow progress with each session. We are sure you will see an improvement in your mind and body depending on the level of effort you put towards the practice.

You can check out online for local classes in your area, if you cant find local instructors. There are plenty online videos and postures that you can cheek out. The following is a quick video that will show you some of the poses in Ashtanga yoga.

Enjoy, Namaste!

Enjoy this Awesome clip, and that a look at some of the Ashtanga Yoga poses

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