Ashtanga means ‘eight limbs’ as laid out in ‘Yoga Sutra’ by Patanjali. The Ashtanga method of Asana practice (postures) was interpreted by T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from an ancient text called theYoga Korunta, which they claimed described a unique system of Hatha yoga developed by Vamana Rishi. ‘Asana’ is only one branch of Ashtanga System.
It has become a classical Yoga system that combines movement and breathing together (Yinyasa) through a set sequence of alignment based Asana. This is can be a challenging form of yoga, strengthening and toning the body whilst releasing tension and detoxifying the body. The added emphasis is on the breath (ujayii) creates a more focused and meditative practice.
This set sequence also is great for those who wish to take their yoga deeper and practice on their own regularly.
My Ashtanga classes follow the Primary series, but allow for modifications to suit all and allow you to bring deeper awareness to your body and your practice.
for Ashtanga in Pregnancy, see Pregnancy Yoga page and links. www.ashtanga.com