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Monday, January 19, 2009

The Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga...

Ashtanga yoga can be though of as "yoga in motion". 

The mythology of ashtanga is that it was given in an ancient text called the Yoga Korunta, although those with some experience in the way Indian yoga "gurus" communicated teachings within their traditional system question whether this is really true. And, the Yoga Korunta has never been found. Which isn't to say that Ashtanga yoga is not a legitimate and beneficial sort of yoga. The Indian yoga tradition is itself dynamic and adapting to a changing world and environment. Thus Ashtanga is a legitimate modern development in the arena of yoga.

Ashtanga is also called ashtanga vinyasa yoga

Why Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is distinguished by the moving connecting sequences that create a sense of flow and movement between the static poses of hatha yoga.  There is also a particular type of breathing that is done with each movement.  And the linking movements between the postures are just as important as the poses themselves. 

Ashtanga yoga postures are a series of interconnected asanas that are completed in the same sequence every time and combined with particular breathing patterns.  The exact definition of vinyasa is movement synchronized with breath.  The purpose of vinyasa is to increase circulation and sweating and thus purify the body.  Vinyasa also leads to a big increase in flexibility, tendon and muscle strength. 

Ashtanga yoga is very physically demanding, and presupposes a certain level of fitness, and it is known to be successful in mitigating excess energy in young people.  People who practice this style of yoga can learn to become very calm in mind and focus on the present while learning how to respond better to stress. 

To wrap up, ashtanga vinyasa yoga is an important type of yoga because of its capacity to build both strength and flexibility.  Irrespective of whether it truly is an ancient practice, it has become a modern and it is a great way to relieve stress and stay in shape.  If you need to relax as well as get exercise and stay healthy, you could do a lot worse than trying ashtanga vinyasa yoga.