Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic, classical style of yoga designed to purify your body and mind from the outside in. There are six asana, or posture, sequences within the Ashtanga system. The first is called the Primary Series, or Yoga Chiktsa, and is a series of a few dozen postures designed to create the ideal balance of strength and flexibility in our bodies. Each posture is linked to the next by the breath, flowing gracefully from beginning to end. The poses build upon each other so that the intensity and complexity increases throughout the sequence.
Once a student can perform each posture within the Primary Series with proficiency, they are ready to begin work on the Second Series, an even more challenging set of postures designed to stimulate and cleanse the nervous system. After years of dedicated practice, a student may be able to move on to the advanced sequences - the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Series.
It is important to remember that Ashtanga Yoga is not simply a physical exercise routine. While a strong, flexible body is the inevitable, welcome effect of a rigorous yoga practice, it is not the ultimate goal. Yoga's true purpose is to still the waves of the mind and root out what no longer serves us--physically, mentally, and emotionally. We practice to create a calm mind, a happy spirit, and a healthy body.
The practice of Ashtanga Yoga will take you as deep as you’re willing to go. If you only desire a healthy, fit body, that is all you will gain. If you seek something deeper, and are willing to put in the work of a dedicated practice, you will reap those benefits as well.
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