Yoga takes practice to understand. It is like the ocean. You have to dive into it to understand.

_ Sharath Jois

Ashtanga yoga practice is a vinyasa system of flowing postures linked by the breath and consists of a set sequence of postures. There are a total of six series, each building on the other to lead to a more powerful transformation.

In Ashtanga yoga, the breath takes a central role in guiding you. You breathe in deeply and slowly through the nose, while the inhale and exhale have the same length. All postures, or asanas, are done in a methodical order with correct alignment. You use gaze points, or drishtis, during practice in order to improve your concentration. There are also internal muscular locks called Bandhas that are engaged during practice.

Repeating and practicing the postures daily builds your strength, improves flexibility, relieves stress and generally creates better health. You also squeeze your internal organs, which creates a detoxifying effect on your body. At a deeper level you will go beyond these benefits and begin a spiritual practice.

It is very important to learn the Ashtanga yoga tradition from a trained teacher who follows the lineage of Guruji. Ashtanga yoga is not a form of exercise or another style of yoga, it is a method of self realization. Having a flexible body or not has nothing to do with your inner journey, that’s not the purpose of this powerful yoga practice.