Ashtanga Yoga is a yoga system introduced to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). It involves synchronizing breath with a progressive series of postures, generating internal heat and purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. This practice improves circulation, strengthens the body, and promotes a calm mind.
Practicing Ashtanga Yoga in the proper sequence enables practitioners to unleash their fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness - physical, psychological, and spiritual. This is achieved through correct breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), which bring about control of the senses and a profound self-awareness. With regular and devoted practice, one can attain stability of both body and mind. The Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) is particularly effective in detoxifying and aligning the body.
Ashtanga Yoga is a challenging practice that demands significant effort and activates a vital energy flow throughout the body, strengthening and purifying the nervous system. This leads to a clear and precise mind, and as Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said, "Wherever you look you will see God." True realization of our guru's teachings can only be achieved through consistent practice.