Ashtanga Standing and Finishing sequence

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

 

Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga brought to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915–2009) although its lineage goes much further back. The Ashtanga style of yoga involves synchronising the breath with a progressive series of postures. The postures are linked by vinyasa’s (flowing movements which are initiated by the breath).

 

Although it can be a strong and dynamic practice, it can also be modified to make it accessible to all levels and abilities. David Swenson (one of the worlds foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga) teaches Ashtanga yoga to students in their nineties!

 

Ashta (eight) anga (Limb) yoga (union)

Yama – Ethical disciplines

Niyama – Self observation

Asana – Postures

Pranayama – Breath control

Pratyahara – Sense withdrawal

Dharana – Concentration

Dhyana – Meditation

Samadhi – A state of joy and peace