Yoga is originated in ancient India which is derived from the Sanskrit language. It is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual practices. There are six orthodox schools in Hinduism and Yoga is one among them. Yoga is more than a physical exercise it is a tradition.  

Ashtanga Yoga:  

There are many types of yoga but majorly yoga is broken down into 10 different types of Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga falls in this 10 major types. Ashtanga is translated from the English word “Eight Limb Path” to Sanskrit. The path of internal purification for revealing the universal self-consist needs you to follow spiritual practices as follows:

  • Yama which means moral codes. 
  • Niyama is known for self-purification and study. 
  • Aasana is the practice of postures. 
  • Pranayama means breathe control. 
  • Pratyahara means sense control. 
  • Dharana stands for concentration.  
  • Dhyana means meditation.  
  • Samadhi which means absorption into the universal.  

Ashtanga Yoga came in practice since mid 20th century and was founded by K. Patil Jois. In 1948, he established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of teaching this specific yoga practice. 

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How does Ashtanga Yoga Work:  

Ashtanga Yoga is performed in a series. It starts with Surya Namaskar A’s five posture then Surya Namaskar B’s five posture and then continues as you move further into a series of standing postures. The current name of this Ashtanga Yoga is “Mysore Style”. 

Each and every posture in this method is done through a constant flow and at your own pace. In this method, your pose is changed from one to another. It is timed with your breathe with every inhale and exhale. The specialty of Ashtanga Yoga is that the person who practices, practice the moves in his/her own pace.   

The Principal Of Ashtanga Yoga: 

There are five major principals in Ashtanga Yoga. 

  1. Trishthana:

    The three places of attention or action are known as Trishthana. This yoga includes three actions breathing system, postures, and looking place. In Sanskrit, these three are known as pranayama, aasana, and drishti respectively.  

  2. Vinyasa:

    Vinyasa is known as the breath which is aligned with the moments during the practice of aasanas. It is the key element during the aasana which helps to controls your mind. This purifies your body and keeps the blood flow under control.   

  3. Breath:

    There is a specific breath for each and every aasana. Ashtanga Yoga keeps a general principle of steady and even breath with equal internal of inhales and exhales. 

  4. Bandhas:

    There are three key principle of ashtanga yoga and bandhas is one among them. This also contains three principle which is to be considered as body locks. 
    Mula Bandha which are also known as root lock at the pelvic floor.
    Uddiyana Bandha is drawing back the abdomen.
    Jalandhar Bandha this is achieved by lowering the chin slightly while raising the sternum, it is also known as throat lock. 

  5. Mantras:

    Ashtanga practices always start with a Sanskrit mantra. 

Benefits Of Ashtanga Yoga:  

There are so many benefits of Ashtanga Yoga: 

  • Physical Strength:

    Ashtanga Yoga majorly focuses on physical strength and muscle training. It works on body strength and also attaining a calm state of mind and soul peacefulness.  

  • Mental Healing:

    Yoga is known for its mental health as everyone knows. A regular practice of Ashtanga Yoga will keep you out from stress, tension, depression, etc. It allows you to focus and concentrate more which helps in opening your mind.  

  • Improvement In Core Endurance:

    Athletes face the problems associated with core endurance. They are likely to get affected with lower back pain. A regular practice will significantly improve core endurance. 

  • Enhanced Flexibility:

    The best way to improve body flexibility is through the practice of Yoga aasana. Ashtanga Yoga poses effectively helps you in building hamstring flexibility. Trunk movements are influenced by hamstring flexibility.  

  • Improve Your Health and Wellness:

    Ashtanga Yoga is a system that connects your body to your center and helps you to get a relax healthy feeling.  

Conclusion:  

Ashtanga Yoga helps in many another way such as it helps to treat hypertension, depression. It also prevents injury. Ashtanga yogis are usually strong from inside as well as outside. Practicing this on a regular basis will help to change your life physically and mentally as well.  

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