What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, or simply Ashtanga, is one of the oldest and most dynamic styles of  Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is a broad category that includes every modern style of yoga.

 

Ashtanga is more intensive than other styles of yoga because the asanas, or poses, flow into each other in a series of connected movements. Breathing is at the heart of the practise, so the rhythm of your breath leads the movement of your body as you flow smoothly from asana to asana.

 

Our practise comes from K. Pattabhi Jois, an Indian scholar who developed and taught the style at the Sanskrit College in Mysore (South India) from 1937 to 1973. His practices were learned from his guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who has been referred to as the father of modern yoga and became a centenarian before his death in 1989.

 

In India, life energy is known as "Prana", whereas in China, it is "Chi". The effects of yoga can be compared to the meridian theory of traditional Chinese medicine. In yoga, the energy channels in the body are called "Nadis", with "Granthis" (from the Sanskrit for ‘knot’) located along these channels.

 

Practicing Ashtanga yoga leads to the harmonization of the breath, the body, the entire nervous system and the mind. Through this practice a state of vitality and health can occur. The mind experiences calm and clarity, and the practitioner receives insight and growth on a spiritual and mental level. The asanas shape us physically, which allow the practitioner to be strengthened and flexible on a holistic level. With regular practice, yoga can activate the energy in your body and enable a state of flow.

 

At our studio in Berlin, we have developed a wide range of Ashtanga Yoga, Prenatal & Postnatal, as well as Restorative Yoga programs to meet the diverse range of personal and physical requirements in the modern world. Our space is designed for rest and relaxation, and with the classic asana sequence of Ashtanga Yoga we develop our students’ strength, flexibility and concentration, to allow them to relieve stress and tension and find a healthy balance in their everyday life.

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