Ashtanga Yoga

Jack Utermoehl

Ashtanga yoga, pioneered by K. Pattabhi Jois, is a dynamic and physically invigorating form of yoga. It is distinguished by its vigorous flow of postures, synchronized with breath, designed to build strength, flexibility, and endurance.

This yoga style is unique for its structured series of asanas performed in a specific sequence, creating an intense practice that generates internal heat and detoxifies the body, resulting in a purifying effect.

Origins

Developed in 1948 by K. Pattabhi Jois, ashtanga yoga traces its lineage to the early 20th-century teachings of T. Krishnamacharya. Jois adapted this intense yoga style from the ancient text 'Yoga Kurunta', emphasizing a disciplined approach to yoga practice.

Ashtanga yoga integrates physical postures with deep spiritual and philosophical elements, aiming to create a meditative and introspective state through rigorous physical activity.

Practice

The practice revolves around six series of asanas, beginning with the Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) that focuses on detoxifying the body and progresses to more advanced sequences.

Common Poses: Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar), 1 of 6 Standing Series Sequences, Closing Sequence.

Suitability

Experience Level: Advanced Practitioners

Physical Demand: Athletically Intense

Mind-Body Engagement: Physically Focused with Mindful Elements

Adaptability: Specialized or Restricted Adaptability

Focus Area: Flexibility & Balance to Strength & Endurance

Notes

Enhances cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, increases flexibility, and promotes mental concentration and inner tranquility.

Similar Styles

Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga

Equipment

Required: Yoga Mat

Nice to Have: Yoga Blocks, Yoga Strap

Optional: Yoga Blanket

References

'Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual' by David Swenson

'Yoga Mala' by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

'Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy' by Gregor Maehle

'The Power of Ashtanga Yoga' by Kino MacGregor

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