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Ashtanga Yoga refers to the system that was taught by Guru Sri. K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore , India . Since Guruji’s death in 2009, his grandson R. Sharath Rangaswamy has continued his grandfather’s lifelong commitment to transmitting knowledge of Ashtanga yoga to students who travel from around the globe to study under his careful tutelage.
Ashtanga yoga translates as “eight-limbed yoga” and refers to the eight limbs outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, which include moral and ethical guidelines, postures, breathwork, sense withdrawal, concentration, and meditation. This style of yoga is a process and the postures are learned in a specific sequence coordinating breath with movement. Through following the sequence and utilising the tristhana elements of ujjayi breath, bandha and drishti, the body realigns and becomes strong. On a more subtle level, concentration and focus increase and this leads us into a meditative state. This rigorous physical practice produces an intense internal heat and produces a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. With sustained practice the yoga student can expect to improve circulation, increase flexibility and stamina, a light and strong body and a calm mind. It is recommended where you haven’t practised Ashtanga Yoga before that you join one of our beginners’ classes.
Vinyasa Yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa flow classes incorporate a number of standing, balancing, seated and inverted poses. The class will work most of the muscle groups leading up to a peak pose before moving into some cool down poses and ending in Savasana.
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