The History Of Ashtanga Yoga

The History Of Ashtanga Yoga

Article by chris binnie

The History Of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga that was recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga korunta, an ancient manuscript. The text of yoga korunta was imparted to Sri T. this has been passed down and taught to many along the way. Since 1948 Pattabhi Jois has been teaching ashtanga yoga from his yoga shala. Ashtanga yoga literally means “eight-limbed yoga” as out lined by the sage Patanjali in the yoga Sutras.

According to Patanji the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices. The history of this form of yoga has a rich history and dates far back. There are teachings of this form of yoga done all over the world and practised bay many people. Its popularity has grown over the years as there are millions today that practise and teach ashtanga yoga.

The Continuation Of Ashtanga Yoga

In 1958, Pattabhi Jois published his treatise on Ashtanga yoga and there are six different Ashtanga yoga series though which a student progresses at his or her own pace. The Ashtanga method stresses daily Vinyasa flow practice using ujjavi breathing, mula banhha, uddivana bandha and drishi.

There is a series of yoga poses, these are called yoga Chikitsa and is described in Yoga Mala. Yoga therapy realigns the spine and it very good for the body as it detoxifies it. It also helps build strength, flexibility and stamina. The series of about 75 poses takes an hour and a half to two hours to complete. Beginning with sun salutations and moving on to standing poses, seated poses, inversions and backbends before relaxation.

The second series is known as Nadi Shodana, meaning nervous system purification. It cleanses and strengthens the nervous system and the subtle energy channels throughout the body. This series is only introduced when the primary series is strong. It follows the same progression of standing and sitting and so forth just like in the first series. The one thing that is different about it is that it introduces new poses and variations. The four advanced series are known as Sthira Bhaga, which means divine stability. These series emphasize difficult arm balances and only appropriate for extremely advanced students. The people that find that they are able to do ashtanga yoga are people that want to relax. If you like to do things yourself and you want to improve your strength you will enjoy it. This is also for people that prefer things to be in a specific order.

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