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Yoga Basics: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Yogi. A form of being that has become almost synonymous with authenticism — being your true self. One must be mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically present in a state that combines balance, peace and harmony.
The BackgroundIn Sanskrit, Ashtanga means, “eight-limbed” with a combination of vinyasa, which translates to “free-flowing movements and breathing.” Originally introduced by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta and Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra, this ancient form of yoga was passed down to Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who started teaching Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the 1920s. Through years of learning, Pattabhi Jois opened the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Since its popularization in the 1940s, Ashtanga yoga or Ashtanga vinyasa yoga has become and continues to be widely adopted in the western world. The FoundationThe inseparability of asanas (postures), rechaka and puraka (breathing system) and drishti (looking place) builds the foundation of any…

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