Ashtanga

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Through the practice of yoga, many types of incurable ailments, such as asthma, can be cured, and the body, mind, and senses will come to radiate with new energy.

- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Yoga Mala.

Ashtanga is a traditional style of yoga based on an ancient manuscript called the 'Yoga Korunta'. The teachings on asana, vinyasa, bandhas, drishti, mudras, and philosophy contained within this text were passed down to Jois by his guru Krishnamacharya beginning in 1927. Jois went on to establish the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute at his home in the South Indian city of Mysore in 1948. He began taking on European students in the early 1960s, and his teachings quickly spread the globe from there, becoming inspiration for the development of new styles of practice such as Vinyasa Flow or Power Yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga consists of six 'series' of postures the first of which is called 'Primary Series'. The sequences of postures practiced in the Primary Series serve to strenghten the whole body while calming the mind and removing toxins. Yoga postures and breath are rythmically synched in a graceful flow linked by connecting movements, helping to float into a state of 'meditation in motion'.

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