Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most popular yoga types in the world. Its popularity has been heightened by its ability to relieve joint and back pains. The style was invented by Pattabhi Jois who was a practitioner and a teacher of yoga. The style aims at improving the well being of the body, mind and spirit through a series of six poses.
Series 1: it's also known as Yoga Chikitsa. This series takes approximately one and a half to two hours to complete and 75 poses are involved. The series starts with surya namaskara A and B poses then sitting, backbends, and inversion poses follow thereafter Surya Bhedana Pranayama.
The series ends with meditation and relaxation. All the poses in this series aim at proper realignment of the spine and body detoxification. Also, stamina, strength, and flexibility are attained in this series.
Series 2: also known as Nadi Shodana. In addition to the poses in series one, this series incorporates additional poses that are aimed at purifying the nervous system.
Series 3 to series 6: most of the poses at this series are related. The poses are usually more advanced than those in the first and second series. The poses aim at enhancing your connection with your divinity that is within you. In the series, tough arm balancing exercises are executed. Also, high level of concentration is required.
Advantages of Ashtanga yoga
There are a number of benefits that come with this type of yoga. The most common include:
Elimination of emotional slavery-since high level of concentration is required in order to efficiently execute the poses, you need to forget all emotions that might be going on in your head and concentrate in the poses. This makes you feel free and ready to take on the world.
Detoxification-this yoga engages you in rigorous exercises that make your body produce plenty of heat. Sweat produced aids in detoxifying muscles and organs in the body.
Ashtanga yoga also aids in improving the condition of the core body systems such as cardiovascular, circulatory, digestion, respiratory and immune system. When the condition of these systems is enhanced, you become healthier and your productivity increases.