Ashtanga yoga style is intensely physical and athletic. Ashtanga yoga practise contains channel energy through the body using locks (bandhas), set of asanas and concentrate on a points using gaze (drishti) in asanas.
Practise of Ashtanga Yoga combined with Vinyasa Yoga differs from other forms of yoga style, it is dynamic, and whereas most forms of the yoga styles are static.
Ashtanga Yoga mainly benefits the following four categories:
- Physical benefits
- Emotional benefits
- Mental benefits
- Intellectual benefits
Ashtanga means eight limbs in Sanskrit. It literally means “eight-limbed yoga”. Eight spiritual practices are outlined by the sage Patanjali in his book, the Yoga Sutras. These following below are that 8 limbs:
- Moral codes(Yama)
- Self-purification and study(Niyama)
- Breath control(Pranayama)
- Sense control(Pratyahara)
- Absorption into the Universal(Samadhi)
However the first four limbs are considered external cleansing practices.
HISTORY OF ASHTANGA YOGA
This Asthanga Yoga practice is detailed in the Yoga Kurunta or Yoga Korunta by the sage Vamana rishi.(It is an ancient Sanskrit text book), In 1900’s which was rediscovered by T. Krishnamacharya. Jois studied with Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India. Since 1948, PattabhiJois has been teaching Ashtanga yoga, from his yoga shala(Teaching centre). He has founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.
BENEFITS OF ASHTANGA YOGA
- Relaxes the body and mind.
- Releases the muscle tension
- Lubricates the joints.
- Increases the balance.
- Massages the internal organs.
- Calms the mind.
- helps to release the tension
- Reduces the depression.
- It encourages the mindfulness.
- Helps to increase the attention.
- Reduces the cholesterol.
- Cures many stress related diseases.
- Helps to reduce the blood pressure and sugar level
- Great pose to recover from chronically illness.
- Stretches the muscles.
- Honors inner wisdom.
- Removes the toxins through sweat.
- Increases the immune system.
- Connects you to the spiritual world.
- Gives the deep relaxation.
Popular Asthanga Yoga Teachers:
- Richard Freeman
- Tim Miller
- Chuck Miller
- Doug Swenson
- John Scott
- David Swenson
- Natasha Rizopoulos
DO’S, DONT’S & TIPS FOR ASHTANGA YOGA
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.
Always listen to your body, and know your limits. While practise, if you find any pain or discomfort, please exit the pose and ask for the expert’s guidance and doctor’s advice.
It is always advisable to practise and learn under the guidance of certified experts.