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Have you ever wondered why you always crave for more and Yoga? What are the benefits of Yoga and how works on mind, body, and soul?

In other words – Yoga is a practice and a lifestyle that gradually transforms your body. The other side-effect of a good Yoga practice is countless. In this case, Ashtanga Yoga – A well researched and progressive yoga system explains the benefits in all dimensions. If I summarize it in short – Your body improves, your breathing gets deeper and steady resulting a calm and controlled mind. Your posture improves that reflects in your improved confidence. You gradually become the master of your breath hence the master of your mind and body. Enough abstract talking!

Let’s see how Ashtanga Yoga can yield the benefit in a quick summary:

Ashtanga Yoga is a form of a sequence of asana (postures) based on the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling the breath and holding the body in steady asana (poses) yoga creates harmony by engaging the objective mind (the “automatic” mind). These asanas (poses) can release muscle tension, stretch and tone muscles, lubricate joints, massage internal organs, increase circulation, improves digestive system, lymphatic system and help in weight control. Other benefits of yoga are greater resistance to stress, a stronger immune system, a balanced nervous system, decreased cholesterol and blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure and of course helps you sleep like a baby 🙂 and you wake up full of amazing energy. The research has shown that Yoga has profound physical and mental benefits

The research has shown that Yoga has profound physical and mental benefits. Read more on – American Osteopathic Association website.

The Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga

Yoga benefits for the body:

Develops strength and flexibility, tones muscles, lubricates joints, massages internal organs, releases chronic tension, improves circulation and energizes and refreshes, helps with weight loss and you look at least 5 years younger with a glow on your skin.

Yoga benefits for the mind:

Calms restless, and rapid thoughts, promote inner peace, supports mental clarity and brings self-awareness.

For your soul:

Invites deep stillness encourages self-acceptance, self-love, and honours inner wisdom.

A little bit more about Ashtanga Yoga

A system of yoga which involves synchronizing the breath with that of a progressive series of postures, and it is a process which truly and completely produces that of intense internal heat as well as a profuse and purifying sweat that helps with detoxification of the muscles and organs of the body.

It’s a Vinyasa-style yoga combining a series of flowing postures with rhythmic breathing for an intense body-mind workout. Ashtanga yogis practice a prescribed set of asanas, channel energy through the body using bandhas (locks), and concentrate on singular points using drishti (gaze) in asanas. Classes typically begin with an invocation to Patanjali chanted in Sanskrit.

The purpose of vinyasa is for internal cleansing. Breathing and moving together while performing asanas makes the blood hot, or as Pattabhi Jois says, boils the blood.

The benefits of boiled blood are numerous. Thinner (boiled) blood circulates more freely, so it’s better able to remove pain, impurities, and disease.

The sweat generated by Ashtanga practice is also beneficial because it removes the toxins brought out by the boiling blood.

What is the meaning of Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga yoga translates as “eight-limbed yoga” (ashta=eight, anga=limb) and refers to the eight limbs outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra, which includes moral and ethical guidelines, postures, breath work, sense withdrawal, concentration, and meditation. These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
As Shri K. Pattabhi Jois said – “It is 99% practice and 1% theory. So, I invite you to our Ashtanga Yoga beginners classes in Heidelberg, and Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga in Heidelberg – starting from the 5th September onwards in Heidelberg.

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