What is Ashtanga Yoga? A question that probably occupies you now that you have decided to read this article. Ashtanga Yoga is a form of Yoga that differs from "traditional Yoga", also called Hatha Yoga. The difference lies, among other things, in the course of your Yoga session. The Hatha Yoga exercises, are mainly stand-alone exercises. Each exercise has its own beginning and end. Ashtanga Yoga uses fixed series of consecutive exercises. The end of each exercise forms the beginning for the next one, it flows dynamically into each other.
Ashtanga Yoga, the eightfold path
Ashtanga Yoga is engaged in no less than eight different disciplines of Yoga. These 8 points, can be found in the Eightfold Path of Patanjali, described in the Yoga Sutra and form the basis of Ashtanga Yoga.
Within Ashtanga Yoga attention is paid to:
- Virtue (living a good life)
- Cleanliness (being physically and mentally clean)
- Asanas (Physical Yoga exercises)
- Respiration (Pranayama)
- Control of the senses
and the ultimate goal: surrender and bliss.
Ashtanga Yoga, suitable for everyone!
Because Ashtanga Yoga is concerned with so many disciplines of Yoga, the Ashtanga Yoga offers to every Yogi what he or she is looking for in Yoga.
Whether you are a Yogi who loves the physical, spiritual or spiritual side of Yoga, within Ashtanga Yoga there is something for everyone!
Want to start with Ashtanga Yoga?
Although Ashtanga Yoga encompasses many different aspects of Yoga, for most Yogi we recommend to start with the basic Hatha Yoga first.
The reason for this, is that Ashtanga Yoga encompasses more than just doing Yoga exercises and clearing your head. Ashtanga Yoga is a lifestyle.
For beginners it may be wise to first explore which form of yoga best suits their needs. Ashtanga Yoga can be especially suitable for a fanatic Yogi, who wants to apply Yoga in his or her whole life.
So it can be wise for every Yogi to first learn to understand himself or herself. What are your goals? What do you want to achieve with Yoga?
Then every Yogi must learn to understand Yoga. What kind of Yoga suits you best?
Hatha Yoga offers answers to these questions. Ashtanga Yoga is a nice sequel to this for the fanatic Yogi.