|Ashtanga Yoga is an aerobic yoga system.|
|It synchronizes the breath (ujjiya pranayama) with movement into each pose (asanas) and brings heat (internal fire) for greater flexibility and strength. Aerobic stamina develops quickly. All the postures are linked to one another, with poise, control and by inhalation and exhalation. A calm, confident and centered approach results in increasingly relaxed and steady breathing.
Ashtanga Yoga practice improves the cardiovascular and the respiratory workings of the body from inside and out.
Finishing with deep relaxation (savasana) completes the cycle of postures. This variation enables one to conserve body heat. Breathing slows down and the mind quiets and one becomes peaceful and relaxed. This state is associated with calming alpha rhythms that issue from the mind and a reduced level of metabolism and blood pressure Heart and respiration slow down. One becomes calm, serene and peaceful.
Ashtanga Yoga is a method of purifying body and mind by awakening "inner fire". Yoga refers to any practice that purifies and strengthens the body and mind. In Ashtanga Yoga, the synchronization of movement with breath creates heat, or "internal fire" in the body, causing profuse perspiration and increasing circulation and flexibility.
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