All About Ashtanga Yoga

How is spring treating you? Now that the weather is a bit more mild, I’ve noticed that I want to get outside more and take my workouts outdoors. Have you tried yoga? It is the perfect workout to do both indoors and outdoors. If you haven’t prescribed to yoga yet, try out Ashtanga yoga!

shutterstock_216067663Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga aligns breaths with a series of positions, encouraging sweat and a detox of internal organs, since the postures create intense (but not painful!) internal heat. The idea is that with practice, you can improve circulation, increase organ health, and create a stronger mind, body, and soul.

Ashtanga yoga differs from other types of yoga in that the order of asanas, or postures/positions, is predefined, so Ashtanga classes will flow in similar patterns. Other types of yoga classes are more free form and instructors can order positions in any way they want. Ashtanga is more structured, aiming to maximize impact on the body.

shutterstock_164712485Typical Class

Since Ashtanga yoga is predefined, you can expect an opening sequence followed by a primary series. The opening sequence is a series of Sun Salutations, which aim to prep your mind and body for Ashtanga. A back-bending series and a set of inversions conclude Ashtanga. Be sure to bring a water bottle and a towel, because you will definitely work it in a typical Ashtanga class.

If you are curious about Ashtanga Yoga and want to improve the health of your internal organs, there are several places to try Ashtanga Yoga in Orange County. 3×30 Yoga currently has 3 fantastic Ashtanga offers for only $8! Get that body and mind in shape for summer!

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