Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a system founded by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method involves synchronising of the breath with a progressive series of postures, always practiced in the same order.
It’s a dynamic, physically demanding practice which is great for building core strength and toning the body. The process produces intense internal heat and sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
To perform asana correctly in Ashtanga yoga, we use Vinyasa. Vinyasa means breathing and movement. For each movement, there is one breath.
The purpose of Vinyasa is for internal cleansing. Synchronizing breathing and movement in the asanas heats the blood, cleanse and makes it thinner it so that it may circulate more freely. Improved blood circulation relieves joint pain and removes toxins and disease from the internal organs. The sweat generated from the heat of vinyasa then carries the impurities out of the body. Through the use of Vinyasa, the body becomes healthy, light and strong.
In Ashtanga yoga, there is the Primary Series that detoxifies and aligns the body. The Intermediate Series that purifies the nervous system. The Advanced Series A, B, C, and D require higher levels of flexibility and strength. Each posture is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further. It takes many years to master each of the series and the goal is not so much of being able to all postures perfectly, but more to enjoy the ride whilst practicing.