Ashtanga Yoga is a powerful and dynamic style of yoga first introduced by Krishnamacharya and further developed by K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India.
This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a set sequence of Asana (postures) which are linked together by a flow of movement known as Vinyasa. Most postures in the Ashtanga sequence are held for five deep breaths.
The practice is based upon the use of Breath (Ujjayi breathing), Bandhas (internal energy locks), Vinyasa (flow) and Drishti (gaze points). This combination generates intense internal heat leading to purification through increased circulation and sweating. It detoxifies the muscles and organs, encourages connection to the breath, produces a fluid linking of the individual postures and creates focus and concentration. The overall result is a strong body and breath connection, a calm mind and a dynamic yet meditative practice.
'Practice and all is coming’ - K. Pattabhi Jois