Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

Astanga,​ or sometimes spelled ashtanga Yoga is​ ​ actually taught today by a ​ man named Sri K. Pattabhi Jois,​ in​ ​ Mysore,​ India. He has brought astanga yoga to​ ​ the​ west about 25 years ago and still teaches today at 91 years of ​ age. Astanga yoga began with the​ rediscovery of ​ the​ ancient manuscript Yoga Korunta. it ​ describes a ​ unique system of ​ Hatha yoga as practiced and created by the​ ancient sage Vamana Rishi. it ​ is​ ​ believed to​ ​ be the​ original asana practiced intended by Patanjali.

The Yoga Korunta emphasizes vinyasa,​ or breath-synchronized movement,​ where one practices a ​ posture with specific breathing patterns associated with it. This breathing technique is​ ​ called ujayyi pranayama,​ or the​ victorious breath,​ and it ​ is​ ​ a ​ process that produces intense internal heat and a ​ profuse sweat that purifies and detoxifies the​ muscles and organs. This also releases beneficial hormones and nutrients,​ and is​ ​ usually massaged back into the​ body. the​ breath ensures efficient circulation of ​ blood. the​ result is​ ​ improved circulation,​ a ​ light and strong body and a ​ calm mind.

There is​ ​ a ​ proper sequence to​ ​ follow when practicing Astanga yoga. One must graduate from one sequence of ​ postures to​ ​ move onto the​ next. the​ Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the​ body,​ purifying it ​ so that toxins do not block. the​ Intermediate Series (Nadi Shodhana) purifies the​ nervous system by opening and clearing the​ energy channels,​ allowing energy to​ ​ pass through easily. the​ Advanced Series A,​ B,​ C,​ and D (Sthira Bhaga) integrate the​ grace and stamina of ​ the​ practice,​ which calls for intense flexibility.

It is​ ​ best to​ ​ find a ​ trained and knowledgeable teacher to​ ​ assist you through this discipline. it ​ is​ ​ an intense practice that is​ ​ rigorous,​ six days a ​ week. You are guaranteed to​ ​ find inner peace and fulfillment with each breath you take.

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