Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga, popularized in the West by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It’s method – Vinyasa – means a harmonic connection of the breath and the movement. The characteristic breath, based on Ujjayi pranayama, produces internal heat and gives energy. Asanas in Ashtanga are performed always in the same order – they are devided into three sequences: first, second and third series. First series – the basic sequence of Ashtanga – is meant to cleanse the body from the toxins and strenghten it. Second series purifies the nervous system. Third series, the most advanced, is devided into four sequences that strenghten the body and the mind. Step by step, a practitioner gradually learns new poses from the sequence and progresses throughout the series.
Ashtanga can be practiced in guided classes, but the most beneficial way to learn it is Mysore style – supervised self-practice. The teacher can guide everyone individually – according to the pace and level of each student.
Although Ashtanga is perceived as more physically demanding comparing to other yoga methods, the individualised way of teaching makes it available for everyone – regardless of their age and physical condition. You just need to roll out your yoga mat and… start, since as Pattabhi Jois used to say „Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory”.