Yoga Types and Styles (Ashtanga)

People have become more conscious about their health and well-being. Many ways and alternative may be tried to keep our bodies in shape. Among others, Yoga is an effective, natural link to healthy living.

Yoga is a traditional mental and physical discipline brought to life by Hindu civilisation (an ancient civilisation in India). The term “yoga” has a deep religious symbolism for the Indian society. Today, yoga is known by many people as a form of mental and physical exercise that helps in the elimination of stress and in improving one’s health. Yoga has a wide variety of forms, and Ashtanga Yoga is one of them.

Ashtanga Yoga is also known as the Eight-Limbed Yoga, the concept that was originally based on the Sutra book (one of the compilations in Hindu Philosophy). Eight-limbed yoga lists eight ways to healthy living: 1) non-violence 2) purity 3) right seating position during Yoga meditation 4) energy 5) sexual abstinence 6) concentration 7)meditation 8) liberation.

Nowadays, Ashtanga Yoga is practised by several individuals as a highly athletic and physical form of meditation. It is properly done through the right combination of Ashtanga elements: asana (channel energy), drishti (locks) and bandhas (gaze). People practising this kind of yoga can definitely feel the energy circulating within their body. The ancient Ashtanga Yoga master Patanjali has been the inspiration of today’s famous Ashtanga Yoga teachers, including David Swenson, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, and Richard Freeman.

Ashtanga Yoga is a way of reminding people that bright outlook in life and constructive desires will result to positive outcomes. Individual happiness is achieved through self searching.

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