What is Ashtanga?

A fluid practice

If you’ve heard of sun salutations, you’ve heard of Ashtanga yoga. The foundation for all Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga connects postures, or asanas, into an energizing flow that keeps your body moving, breathing and sweating through each posture.

The Ashtanga Series

Build your practice

Ashtanga yoga has six series with set sequences: Primary, Intermediate and four Advanced Series. All students begin with foundations and the Primary Series before advancing, building the foundations for a strong practice.

The History of Ashtanga

The beginnings of yoga

Ashtanga yoga was popularized by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a student of “the father of yoga,” T. Krishnamacharya, who also taught B. K. S. Iyengar, the creator of Iyengar yoga. Because of its history and direct teacher-student lineage, Ashtanga yoga is considered a traditional yogic practice, maintaining a form of asana from original Ashtanga teachings.

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

The focus of your practice

Ashtanga is Sanskrit for “Eight Limbs.” Asana, our physical practice, acts as an entrance point to the eight branches. Through correct guidance and consistent practice, it reveals entrance to the other seven limbs.

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Yama

Ethical Standards

Practicing the Golden Rule with others

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Niyama

Self-Discipline

Integrating mindful practices into our every day

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Asana

Postures

Consistently practicing physical yoga postures

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Pranayama

Breathing

Mastering control of our breathing

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Pratyahara

Withdrawing the Senses

Drawing our awareness away from the external world

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Dharana

Concentration

Focusing our awareness on a single point

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Dhyana

Meditation

Being acutely aware without focus

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Samadhi

Meditative Absorption

Transcending the self and experiencing enlightenment