A powerful method of self transformation
Ashtanga yoga is an effective system which gradually leads practitioner to rediscover and realise their fullest potential on a physical, mental and spiritual level. The method involves synchronising the breath with a progressive series of postures (Asanas) which creates an internal heat and produces a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies the muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a deeper calmness of the mind. By means of this practice we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves.
Ashtanga - 8 limbs
Ashtanga literally means eight limbs which are described by the Sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.
- Yama (moral codes)
- Niyama (self purification with discipline)
- Asana (postures)
- Pranayama (breath control)
- Pratyahara (Sense withdrawal)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (meditation)
- Samadi (superconsiousness)
These branches support and reinforce each other. Asana practice must be established for proper practice of Pranayama. Yama and Niyama are integral part of the method and develop over time with heightened awareness and greater consciousness. Once the first four limbs are firmly rooted, the last four, which are internally oriented limbs, can evolve.