My World…Ashtanga Yoga

Posted July 5, 2008 by yogagoddess
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The first mention of ashtanga yoga seems to have occurred in Pantanjali’s yoga Sutras. The literal translation is “eight-limbed yoga.” Ashtanga yoga embraced eight spiritual principles including moral restraint, posture, breath control, and meditation.

However, as practiced today in the West, ashtanga yoga has come to mean something different. Today, ashtanga yoga is sometimes referred to as power yoga. Its emphasis is less on the spiritual than on the physical ability to assume a set of complicated postures, such as the sun salutation, swiftly and gracefully. Ashtanga yoga places a strong emphasis on breathing techniques. Because if provides a full-body workout, it has found favor among many athletes and other celebrities who must keep their bodies strong and flexible.

Ashtanga yoga requires many difficult movements. Amateurs and even professionals may inadvertently injure themselves by pushing too hard or by forcing themselves into a posture they are not sure how to do. Therefore, people wishing to try ashtanga yoga are advised to take several classes to master the principles before trying to practice alone. It is also a good idea to purchase a yoga sticky mat or a rug to keep from slipping and falling while performing the postures. Some practitioners prefer rugs for doing ashtanga yoga, because the rugs absorb sweat better than mats do.

VIDEO: Ashtanga Yoga Standing Sequence

Posted July 4, 2008 by yogagoddess
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Ashtanga yoga primary series standing sequence part 1 at Yoga Oasis NY

Free To Be Me

Posted July 4, 2008 by yogagoddess
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To know me is to love my world…and I want to share it with you.