Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the Primary Series
Ashtanga Yoga, in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a renowned Sanskrit scholar and yogi of Mysore, India, is a science and a practice that has evolved over thousands of years. The approach is based on a specialized sequencing of postures and a focused breathing technique.
This dynamic form of Hatha yoga utilizes a unique form of breathing called ujjayi, which means "victorious", to synchronize breath and movement. The breath initiates the movement allowing the body to flow from one posture to the next.
The purpose of this continual flow of action is to create internal heat in our bodies to produce the cleansing and detoxifying effect associated with this system of yoga. Ashtanga Yoga places equal emphasis on Strength, Stamina, and Flexibility.
The Primary or First Series of Ashtanga Yoga, also referred to as Yoga Chikitsa, which literally means Yoga Therapy, detoxifies and realigns the body. The deep forward bending of this practice cleanses, purifies, and tones the internal organs of the body and aids in the prevention of the accumulation of waste products.