And this practice becomes firmly rooted when it is cultivated skillfully and continuously for a long time.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic form of Hatha Yoga. It is a practice in a system form that brings together body and mind through the linking of the breath.
Vinyasa refers to sequential movements synchronized with breathing. So the practice is conducted along the rhythm of the energizing ujjayi breathing.
This practice is a long lasting process of developing self-awareness, which leads to personal improvement and a better quality of life style.
Ashtanga Yoga is a moving meditation that allows the student to progress individually in his or her own rhythm through the practice. The most important, for those of you who start practicing should focus primarily not on fitness but on the proper attitude qualities such as dedication, patience and willingness to improve your life.
This style of yoga was popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, where he established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute for teaching the specific yoga practice known as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. As he passed away in 2009, the system has been taught by his grandson Sharath Jois.
Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches of Yoga. Its main philosophical source are the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, in which asana (posture) is merely one aspect, pranayama (breath technique) is another one. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga must integrate all eight limbs.