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ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA
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Yoga is a type of exercise that does not only brings fitness to the physical self, but also gives clarity to the mind and soul. It is a science followed by many people for almost thousands of years. Followers of yoga learn from its Ancient Theories, which is a compilation of principles and annotations about the connection between the body and the mind. Yoga has different components – is can be Asanas (Postures), Pranayama (Breathing Techniques) and, the most popular, Meditation. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a form of yoga which was taught by Pattabhi Jois when he studied with the Krishnamacharya since 1927. It has been said that there were texts given to Sri T. Krishnamacharya by his own Guru, Rama Mohan Brahmachari. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a modern take on the earliest systems of yoga. More About Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga is a word which means “eight limbs” in the Sanskrit language, is practiced through very intense sessions. The yoga emphasizes on asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing) and there is a pattern or sequence to which the poses are done. The Ashtanga Vinyasa Practice Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga follows a series, the first of which is called Yoga Chikitsa. This series is composed of 75 poses and takes around 90 minutes to complete. It realigns the body, builds flexibility, stamina and strength and aids in detoxification as well. As it follows a strict order of poses, one can easily master them and practice at home. Like Bikram or Power Yoga, Ashtanga yoga can be very tiring. There is no time for rest in this type of yoga, for one is continuously on the move. Likewise, there is an emphasis on daily practice for those who follow it. During the yoga session, one should coordinate their breathing patterns with the sets. This process creates heat internally – ideally, one would sweat intensely as well. This is known to “purify” the body from toxins, which leads to detoxification of the different parts of the body. The result of practicing the Ashtanga Yoga is improved blood circulation, a fit body, and mental serenity. Relating the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to the spiritual side, the Pattabhi Jois believes that there is a need to purify ones’ self. This, he incorporated to Ashtaga Vinyasa Yoga, making it more than just a typical exercise. In the yoga shastra, it is stated that God resides in our hearts, but if left unpurified, the heart can be covered by the Six Poisons. These are similar to the seven deadly sins – anger, desire, delusion, envy, sloth and greed. If the practice of Ashtanga Yoga is done with utmost devotion and conscientiousness, the internal heat will remove all of the Six Poisons. Who is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Best For? Any kind of yoga can be good for the body and health. However, this form of yoga is more vigorous and follows a sense of order each time. If you prefer a more intense type which makes you sweat out or something that you can do independently, Ashtanga yoga can work well for you.
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