Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic and physically demanding style of Hatha yoga where movement is synchronised with the breath and a set series of postures are linked in a constant flow. This creates a detoxifying heat (be prepared to sweat!) and has the effect of stilling the mind and creating a feeling of calm focus. Increased strength and flexibility and a reduction in feelings of stress are some of the many benefits of this powerful practice.
Ideally suited to those who already have a yoga practice, or anyone who is already fit and would like something extra to add onto their fitness regime. Helps runners lengthen hamstrings, helps tennis players increase mobility in their shoulders and helps cyclists to loosen into tight hips.
Did you do know that it can work you aerobically too, burning up to 400 calories per hour, because it raises the heart rate, gets you to sweat, so if you are doing it correctly, can have a beneficial effect on the metabolism and help you to lose weight. As well as all the other added benefits that yoga has over and above any other form of “exercise”. It works mind/body, and becomes a moving meditation, working with breath synchronised movements. Also allowing the internal organs to be massaged and worked.Ashtanga yoga is meant to purify the body by cultivating an “internal heat,” which burns off toxins. It also builds strength, flexibility and reduces stress.
“99% practice, 1% theory. Practice and all is coming”
– “Gurujji”, Shri K Patthabi Jois.
Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory was a favorite saying of Ashtanga Guru Pattabhi Jois. Jois was saying that it’s not that useful to sit around having philosophical discussions about how to become enlightened and the meaning of life. Instead, students should spent the majority of their time on doing the yoga asanas (poses) proscribed by the Ashtanga method. This quote is closely related to another famous Pattabhi Jois quotation,practice and all is coming.
Ashtanga Guru Pattabhi Jois had several quotes that he used over and over to answer questions about the yoga method he espoused.”Practice and all is coming” is one of his most famous quotes. This quote, though certainly flexible enough to answer any number of questions, applied to students who questioned the effectiveness of asana (poses) practice as a method to achieve enlightenment. It also encourages a long-term, consistent practice such as Ashtanga.
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