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Ashtanga Yoga is a classically-rooted practice that has inspired a variety Vinyasa Flow Yoga styles. This style consists of brisk, agile, and athletic motions that flow through a fixed series of postures. The practice is uninterrupted and smooth, helping the learner to observe what resistance arises in the mind without rejecting or holding on to it. Through continued Ashtanga practice, the skill of attentive non-attachment will spill over into all facets of life. Other benefits of this challenging practice include improved strength and energy, cardiovascular fitness and weight loss.
What to expect
During an Ashtanga yoga class, students are encouraged to go through the posture sequences at their own pace, rather than in sync with the whole class. The teacher typically moves around the room and gives adjustments and personalized suggestions to facilitate optimal alignment and expression.
A student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, “the father of modern yoga,” K. Pattabhi Jois is credited with popularizing Ashtanga. André Van Lysebeth, a Belgian student of Jois, wrote a book on his experiences, which ignited popularity for this style among Westerners. Ashtanga is taught all over the world, and today the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute is lead by Jois’ grandson, R. Sharath.