Ashtanga Yoga - in time with the breath
Ashtanga Yoga means, literally, 'eight limb yoga', suggesting a complete yoga practice that includes codes of conduct (to guide how you treat yourself and others), the practice of physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation.
As a physical practice, Ashtanga Yoga is understood to mean the method first taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, involving set sequences of postures practiced dynamically in synchronicity with the breath.
Ashtanga Yoga involves six series of poses.
The first or Primary Series, called Yoga Chikitsa, realigns the spine, detoxifies the body and builds strength, flexibility and stamina.
The series of about 75 poses takes an hour and a half to two hours to complete, beginning with sun salutations, moving on to standing poses, seated poses, inversions and back bends before relaxation.
The Intermediate or Second Series is called Nadi Shodana and aims to purify the nervous system. It cleanses and strengthens the nervous system and the subtle energy channels throughout the body.
The four Advanced Series are called Sthira Bhaga, which means divine stability. Typically, the student progresses through one series at a time in a system that emphasises daily practice, discipline and consistency.
This class is not for beginners if you would like to attend it, is advised that you at least know the Ashtang Primary Series up to and including the standing postures
See our Hatha Yoga, Iyenga Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga pages if you are a beginner.