ashtanga yoga is a vigorous, flowing style of yoga developed in the 20th century. founded by krishnamacharya and popularized by sri k. pattabhi jois, founder of the ashtanga yoga research institute in mysore, india, this method has been passed to thousands of students, including our teacher for the morning, ross stambaugh! ashtanga involves synchronizing breath with progressive and continuous postures, which produces internal heat while detoxifying the body. it builds strength, flexibility, and stamina, while calming the mind and improving overall health.
ashtanga yoga literally means "eight-limbed yoga," as outlined by the sage patanjali in the yoga sutras. according to patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the universal self consists of the following eight spiritual practices: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi.
full ashtanga primary series
join us as ross takes over our high energy sunday morning flow for a 90-minute ashtanga primary series practice! this practice is known for building internal heat quickly and will be counted traditionally in sanskrit, so if you don't want to spend the money flying to india to learn the count, this is the next best thing! you don't need to know all the poses, but to get a feel for what you're getting into before you start, you can easily find primary series on the internet or use a copy of david swenson's ashtanga yoga practice manual!