What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient and powerful system of self-transformation. Its purpose is to uncover the truth of who we are and to empower us to live in harmony with the universe around us.
In Ashtanga Yoga, set series of postures are woven together using flowing movements to create one sequence. This sequencing of yoga postures is called Vinyasa. Each connecting move is synchronized with the breath to become a meditation in movement – like a sacred dance. The postures are designed in a specific order to realign and detoxify the body and nervous system. The practice develops a balance between strength and flexibility and improves cardiovascular fitness.
Focusing on the breath, the mind clears and becomes calm. An internal stillness develops within this practice of dynamic movement and results in deep relaxation.
How much of the primary series you can ‘do’ or how many series you ‘complete’ is of NO relevance at all. How ‘good’ you are at each pose or what you look like while you practice has no importance to the practice either. Simply put, it is the journey that we are interested in, not the destination.