Ashtanga Yoga** Ashtanga is a daily method of yoga involving synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. This process produces intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The results are improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind.

Ashtanga is traditionally taught in the “Mysore” style: a supervised self-practice. The same series of asanas (poses) are practiced each day. New poses are introduced by the teacher once the student memorizes and becomes proficient in the previous asanas in the sequence. People of all ages and health can practice Ashtanga. A student works with the teacher to advance at their own rate.1

1.Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam,http://www.ashtangayoganilayam.net/p/about.html

**The term “Ashtanga Yoga” comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a series of succinct phrases encapsulating 8 limbs of yoga practice transcribed from a pre-existent oral teaching over 5,000 years old. The Mysore-style Ashtanga practice accesses the state of yoga through the tristhana method: breath, posture, & gaze. The 8 limbs are: Yama (practices), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures/seat), Pranayama (breath), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (focus), Dhyana (single-pointed concentration), Samadhi (complete absorption).