What is Ashtanga Yoga, and why is everyone doing it?
Ashtanga means ‘eight limbs’ and is described by the great Indian sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, written 2,300 years ago, as the 8-step path to true yoga (union of body, mind and soul). The third step, Asana (postures), is the foundation that purifies body and mind.
By practicing correct Vinyasa (breathing movement system), the body produces an intense internal heat and purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind.
The powerful results have Astanga communities growing in most major cities around the world and is stirring media attention through endorsements from practitioners like Madonna, Sting and Willem DaFoe.
Ashtanga Yoga is so popular because it combines a dynamic form of exercise, with a powerful detoxing and purifying effect, which also has major benefits for calming and balancing our nervous system.