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Brief About Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series

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Recently I came across this wonderful visual of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series performed by Axel Dinse. It is one of the most intense yoga practice that will give you flexibility and strength. I am sure this will help you to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in perfect manner.

Brief about Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is also known as Ashtanga yoga popularized by K.Pattabhi Jois and promoted as a modern-day of classical Indian yoga. Pattabhi jois is well known yoga teacher who started his yoga studies in 1927 at the age of 12. He established an institute for teaching yoga in 1948 which is known as Ashtanga Vinyasa (eight limbed) yoga.

Brief about Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga as Per Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Here, what I understand from studying yoga is, Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga has different meaning. We we talk about eight limbs which were outlined by Sage Patanjali in his yoga sutras, they don’t just include the Asanas but also includes all different sadhanas as explained by Adi Yogi. Here are those eight limbs of yoga covered in Ashtanga yoga:



Yama  Moral codes
Niyama  Self-purification and study
Asana  Posture
Pranayama         Breath control
Pratyahara  Withdrawing of the mind from the senses
Dharana  Concentration
Dhyana  Deep meditation
Samadhi  Union with the object of meditation

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  1. Above article is wonderful to explain about Ashtanga Yoga.Surya Namaskara is the primary series of Yoga.It is taught with fast practice,but students must watch their feet,arms,shoulders & hips in enlightenment.Lot of students,if not practiced right can end up hurting their neck as well.Going slow in moves & let the breath lead the move,slow they can feel relaxed & focused.moving with breath leads you to meditation & relaxation.Practice slow please & enjoy. Blessings, Veena

    • You really added a important point, it is very important for one to understand the posture and exact way to balance the body while practicing yoga pose.

  2. Ashtanga is the best form of exercise. Thanks a lot for sharing the information. Its great to be here and see the details.

  3. Most of the students like to go fast, not becoming aware about alignment. Breath flows well with right alignment.Yoga teach us to maintain healthy life style not get injured.I am practicing & teaching yoga because of injuries.Calmness enters when we practice slowly & enjoy each move with breath.I taught Martial Arts many years & developed few injuries because I enjoyed kicking faster, it was fun, with age arthritis added pains learnt to slow down, no medications.Feeling blessed teaching & practicing. Thanks


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