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      What Is Ashtanga Yoga?
     Understanding the Methods
Ashtanga yoga, also known as power yoga, is
quickly gaining popularity among
practitioners. So what is Ashtanga yoga? It
is the form of yoga most used by athletes
and those interested in quickly increasing
strength and stamina. Because of that,
Ashtanga yoga postures have a higher degree
of difficulty than those in other styles.
Additionally, they are done as part of
series.
Usually, students doing Ashtanga yoga
postures will move quickly from one to the
other to maintain that focus on strength.
That is in opposition to many other forms
of yoga where the emphasis is on breathing,
relaxation, and flexibility.
Who Should Practice Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga yoga poses are for most anyone who
is in decent shape. If you are new to
exercise, this is probably not the form of
yoga with which you should start. Even the
very easiest of Ashtanga poses are very
demanding on the body, especially since you
will even start with a body warming routine
that is designed to activate your muscles.
Overall, Ashtanga yoga can provide you with
a build up of strength, stamina, and even
some flexibility which explains its
popularity with those involved in athletics.
If you decide to give Ashtanga a try, you
should expect things to progress quickly.
You will likely start right off with a
sequence of yoga poses. Those will be
practiced until the teacher feels you have
mastered it fairly well and have complete
understanding of its fundamentals. Then, you
will move on to another series and a higher
level of difficulty. Overall, it is a very
fast moving form of yoga.
Ashtanga Poses
As for the Ashtanga yoga poses, they range
widely in terms of positioning. You will
find yourself moving from standing,
backbent, inverted, balancing, seated, and
even twisting poses. In power yoga, the sun
salutation sequence of poses is very popular
as well, so you will often use standing
forward bend, upward dog, downward dog, and
many other poses sprinkled in as well.
Though much of the focus in Ashtanga yoga
poses is on the development of stamina and
strength, you will also, as with any yoga,
be focusing. You will be asked to focus
your eyes on a point as you move through
the poses given out by your instructor. In
order to get the full effect and benefit of
Ashtanga, you should make sure that your
muscles and perhaps even the rooms are very
warm. This ensures maximum flexibility and
minimal injury as you work through the
demanding postures.
If you are into athletics, exercise, or just
want a new physical challenge, perhaps you
should consider giving Ashtanga yoga a try.
The clear choice of athletes and an
increasingly popular form in general, it is
perfect for those that are in decent shape
and want to increase their strength,
stamina, and flexibility. Power yoga is a
series of poses taken in a quick and free
flowing sequence. Even the classes move
quickly with teachers adding more difficult
sequences every time one is fairly well
mastered. So if you learn fast, like to
work hard, and think you are up to the
challenge of power yoga, then you may
benefit greatly from Ashtanga yoga poses.
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