In the 1970s Ashtanga was brought to the West by K. Pattabhi Jois (“pah-tah-bee joyce”). It is based on traditional Indian yoga, and has now been popularized. It is a physically demanding practice for those more advanced practitioners due to its rigorous fluid style. Ashtanga encompasses a series ofasanas (poses) that synchronize breath with movement, usually without verbal instruction or music.

With its many vinyasas (movement between poses or ‘flow’), is great for building internal heat, core strength, and toning the body. The sequence of asanas are performed the same way every time consisting of Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, a standing sequence, and a closing sequence. The posesare always performed in the same order. This differs from Vinyasa Yoga, in that various asanas are performed in a different sequence. Ashtanga is a brisk practice that will raise the heart rate, so be ready to sweat, and drink plenty of water!For more in depth information, visit: