The term "Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga" is derived from Sanskrit 3 words – Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Yoga. The word "Vinyasa" literally means breath-synchronized movement. "Ashtanga" means 8 limbs. They are explained by the sage Patanjali as follows:
All the steps are interlinked and support subsequent and previous ones. The Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Yoga basically, there are 3 groups of sequences
The practitioner has to fully develop each level before he / she can proceed to the next. Besides, the sequential order of asanas has, necessarily, to be followed scrupulously. Each posture is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further.
In Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga the breath is the centre of practice that connects Yoga pose to pose in a specific order. By synchronizing your physical movements with your breath, you succeed in producing a powerful internal heat in your body. This, of course, is in conjunction with practicing Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas. These are specific bodily locks in Yoga. The intense heat produced purifies the entire body.
The results are felt in the muscles and organs. By getting rid of unwanted toxins and introducing release of hormones and minerals favorable to the body you come to experience the stupendous results of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Further, through synchronization of breath the practitioner is ensured efficient circulation.