Ashtanga Yoga is a concept left by the sage Paranjali in the Yoga Sutra, this approach becomes a methodology of asanas and pranayama spread by S.K. Pattabhi Jois.
Krishnamacharya, the great father of modern yoga, left a legacy through his teachings and some disciples who played an important role in popularizing and disseminating this ancient science. Pattabhi Jois was a boy when he started his journey as a student of the great Guru Krishanamacharya, and in that way he spent decades learning all the variables of yoga.
Krishnamacharya had an approach to teaching asanas called Vinyasa Krama, which featured a sequential set of asanas connected to each other in such a way that movement and breathing were an important and central aspect. Vinyasa means breath and movement, and krama means stages.
We don’t know how this knowledge was actually passed on to student Pattabhi Jois, but in the early 1970’s Westerners began to practice yoga with Pattabhi Jois, who in turn titled his approach Ashtanga Yoga. Everything leads to believe, as well as many more experienced practitioners, claim that the effect of this methodology is in accordance with the conceptual approach of the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. For this reason, the popular methodology around the world where there is a sequence of asanas divided into series is called Ashtanga Yoga. Today being carried forward by Guru Sharathji, grandson of Pattabhi Jois in the city of Mysore in southern India.
The Ashtanga Yoga method is divided into three series. The first series is called Yoga Chikitsa which means yoga therapy, the second is the intermediate series called Nadhi Shodhana which means purification of the nerves, and finally, the advanced series called Sthira Bhaga translated as strength and grace. The advanced series is divided into three more series A B and C.
Each series has numerous asanas, where they gradually become more complex due to the level of access that the process penetrates the different layers of the practitioner’s body.
Thus, students develop strength and tone, as well as space and elongation, creating a strong and flexible body along with mind control and emotions. Ashtanga Yoga takes the practitioner to inner realizations and not just physical gain. As Pattabhi Jois emphasized:
Practice, practice and everything will come…
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