Originating in India Ashtanga yoga is a system of breathing and movement that builds strength, flexibility, and focus through a set series of yoga postures (asanas) and linking movements (vinyasas). The progressive sequence of postures detoxifies, balances, and strengthens both body and mind.
Over time, through repetition and consistent practice, the student memorizes the sequence of breathing and movement while building flexibility, strength, and concentration. The student is guided in a systematic and thoughtful manner one to one in a group setting (Mysore style) or in a led class through postures of increasing difficulty. This method teaches the student a practice he or she can take anywhere in the world, regardless of whether or not a teacher is at hand to supervise.