Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga, popularised in the West by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It’s method – Vinyasa – means a harmonic connection of breath and 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 divided 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 strengthen it. Second series purifies the nervous system. Third series, the most advanced, is divided into four sequences that strengthen 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. (learn more)
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”.