Yoga and yogic practices have been an integral part of our Indian culture since pre-historic times.
The Rishis and Munis of the Indian sub-continent devised yoga as a methodology to strengthen mind and body and then utilise them to ascend on one’s spiritual path.
Over the decades, yoga has garnered popularity and today it is one of the most widely adopted practices around the globe. Several well regarded platforms provide Online Yoga Live Classes which one can join, to embark on ones yoga journey.
Among the various sub-types of yoga, Hatha Yoga is a popular form of yoga recognized among devout practitioners. Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic and rigorous adaptation of Hatha Yoga. This form was popularized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
T. Krishnamachari, formulated a rigorous form of yoga for his young energetic student, Pattabhi Jois and that was the start of this strenuous form of yoga in the early twentieth century.
Interestingly, besides referring to this strong form of physical yoga practice, Ashtanga yoga also refers to the eight steps on our yoga ladder, mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. (200 BCE to 200 CE)
The word Ashtanga, is composed of two Sanskrit words: ‘Ashta’ means eight and ‘Anga’ meaning limb or part. Therefore, the two words in combination refer to the eight steps on one’s Yogic ladder which are as follows –
Hope this distinction between Ashtanga Yoga (8 steps) and Ashtanga yoga or Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga (strong physical yoga exercise) is now understood.
Ashtanga Vinyasa would indicate the combination of athletic dynamic postures in a flowing sequence. One should join Online Ashtanga Vinyasa Classes for expert guidance on postures.
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