Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
"Practice and all is coming"
- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois


  • Origin: Mysore, India
  • Founder: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  • Year: 1948

The definition of yoga is controlling the mind

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.

Different types of yoga

There are many types of yoga.
Ultimately the goal is the same we can choose different paths to get there.
Ashtanga Vinyasa
A dynamic, physically demanding practice which synchronises breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Great for building core strength and toning the body.
Movements are coordinated with breath to flow from one pose to the next. This style is sometimes called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
Hot Yoga
Yoga practiced in a 40 degrees heated room. The high temperature is said to help you sweat out toxins while you work toward increased strength and flexibility. It's also good if you have any injuries.
Yin Yoga
A slower practice designed to help you sit longer in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints. Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes.
By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture, it is the practice of precision. Poses are held for long periods and often modified with props.
Incorporating chanting, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, and music into a vigorous flowing asana, or vinyasa practice. Jivamukti is a physically and intellectually stimulating yoga.
An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices. Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, The goal is to increase consciousness.
Acro Yoga
A physical partner practice which combines yoga and acrobatics. In addition to the exercise and strength building aspects of AcroYoga, the partner balancing can also improve concentration.

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