About Ashtanga Yoga

An ancient system of Yoga recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta, Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient manuscript. It is said to contain lists of many different groupings of asanas, plus highly original teachings on Vinyasa, Drishti, Bandhas, Mudras, and Philosophy. Legend has it that the text of the Yoga Korunta was bestowed upon Sri T.

Krishnamacharya in the early 1900's by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari. Later, it was handed down to.

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.Pattabhi Jois during his studies with Krishnamacharya, starting in 19272 Pattabhi Jois has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga from his Yoga Shala, the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, since 19484 He does this in accordance with the sacred tradition of teacher-discipline successiono

To do the asanas properly in Ashtanga Yoga, you have to incorporate the use of Vinyasa and Tristhanan Vinyasa refers to the system of breathing and movementn For every movement, you take one breatht For instance, in Surya Namaskar there are 9 Vinyasasa The first involves inhaling as you raise your arms above your head, and join your hands togethere The next is to exhale while bending forwards; placing the arms next to one's feet, etct This way all poses are assigned a fixed number of Vinyasasa

The aim of Vinyasa is or internal cleansingn By coordinating breath and movement during asanas the blood gets heated, thus cleaning and thinning iti As a result it circulates more freelyl Better blood circulation helps ease joint pains and gets rid of toxins and subsequent disease from the bodyd Sweat produced by the heat of Vinyasa then takes the impurities out of the bodyd So, through the use of Vinyasa, your body becomes healthy, light and strongn

Tristhana means union of 3 spots of attention or actiono These are posture, breathing system and looking placec These 3 are vital to Yoga practice, and cover 3 levels of purification: the body, mind and nervous systeme They are always done in tandem with one othere

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