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About Ashtanga Yoga


In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.


It therefore can be concluded that Yoga, and for sure Ashtanga Yoga, is more than a series of streching excercises. The three key elements of Ashtanga Yoga practice are: controlling your breath (ujjayi), focus in the presence (dristhi) and control of your internal energy flow (bandhas).


Ashtanga (vinyasa) Yoga is a dynamic type of Yoga that provides a lot of benefits for your mental and physical health. Typical for Ashtanga Yoga practice is a pre-defined series of postures (asana's). With each posture this pre-defined sequence prepares you for the next posture. The sequence provides a flow by a combination of breath and postures (vinyasa’s). The flow occurs because there is no pause within the sequence of postures.


This type of Yoga can be practiced at all levels, a led type class for beginners, primary series en Mysore style if you are more experienced. But you can always practice at home at all levels.