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What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga, which considers a flexible and healthy body as the basis for developing a spiritual life.

The First Series of asanas (postures) not only heals the physical body but also the spirit. This allows to develop and intensify concentration, controlling and purifying thought.

The regular practice of this discipline leads to joy, inner peace and balance and supports self-transformation and self-realization.

Patanjali defines ashtanga yoga as the path to self-realization of being.

Ashtanga comes from the term (aṣṭa: 'eight', and, aṅga: 'member').
Vinyasa literally means system of synchronized movements and breathing; these movements are those that link one position with the other. Each posture is meticulously designed with a certain number of movements and breathing, so that an advanced student will link the postures faithfully following the rhythm of breaths and movements. The sequence of postures will always be the same and the student will add postures given by an experienced teacher, as his practice progresses.

Apart from the vinyasa system, other elements will be decisive for practice: Ujjayi breathing (pranayama), Bandhas (energetic closures, or body locks), Drishti (gaze). All these elements make up what is called the "Tristana" method, giving the benefit to the practitioner of concentrating and increasing the energy throughout the practice.

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