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about ashtanga yoga


Ashtanga yoga is a practice that has evolved over a thousand years to address the physical, mental, emotional, moral and spiritual development. This was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during his studies with Krishnamacharya beginning in 1927. 
The word Ashtanga translates into 8 limbs. The most visible aspect of Ashtanga yoga is the different asanas (postures). Tristhana translates into 3 places of attention. These are posture, breathing system and gazing point. These important places of attention should always be observed and practiced simultaneously.  
Vinyasa means breathing and moving system: for each movement there is one breath. The purpose of vinyasa is internal cleansing.
The breathing and moving together, during the asanas builds heat and this heat generates sweat. It is through this sweat that we purify the body by releasing toxins. If the method of vinyasa is followed, the body becomes healthy strong and pure.

Mysore style is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga and is named after the southern Indian city of Mysore. The student is taught a sequence of postures through one-on-one instruction.  The correct movements, breathing, and other aspects of the practice are learned gradually, in a step-by-step process accessible to anyone. This method allows each student time to practice and memorize what they have learned before adding more. Students are able to practice independently and at their own pace while surrounded by the energy and inspiration of other students in the room. Mysore style is the best way to learn Ashtanga yoga as memorising the postures allows practitioners to focus internally, calming the mind, which ultimately, is the goal of yoga.


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