Prepare to sweat as you briskly move through a set sequence. Ashtanga Yoga was founded by K. Pattabhi Jois.
This dynamic, physically demanding practice synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body.
In Sanskrit “Ashta + anga” is Ashtanga. “Ashta” means Eight and “Anga” is limbs so it means “Eight Limbs Path“, Ashtanga yoga is based on yoga philosophy of Patanjali. The Asanas, Pranayamas or the Dharanawhich or the yam and niyam are based on the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Let us acquaint ourselves with the fundamentals as stated by Patanjali first. This dynamic, physically demanding practice synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Ashtanga yoga, with its many vinyasas, is great for building core strength and toning the body.
Yoga has its roots about 5000 years BC as described in Vedic Philosophy and Tantras. Patanjali , the great sage composed this path into a Darshan (Philosophy) in his Book “Patanjali Yoga Sutra“. In which he has formulated Yoga as a Eight Limbs or Eight Fold path, which is Ashtanga Yoga
Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are
Yama (Principles or moral code)
Niyama (Personal Disciplines)
Asana (Yoga Positions or Yogic Postures)
Pranayama (Yogic Breathing)
Pratyahara (Withdrawal of Senses)
Dharana (Concentration on Object)
Dhyan (Meditation) With drawing mind from all external objects and Focusing it on one point and meditating on it)
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