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What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that involves synchronizing movement with breath. It is a physically demanding practice that involves a series of set postures, or asanas, which are performed in a specific order. Ashtanga Yoga is designed to purify the body and mind through the use of heat, sweat and controlled breathing techniques. The practice can be challenging, but it can also be invigorating and energizing.

Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) was an Indian yoga teacher who played a significant role in popularizing Ashtanga Yoga. He began practicing yoga at a young age and later became a student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, one of the most influential figures in modern yoga. Jois developed the Ashtanga Yoga system that involves a set sequence of postures that are performed in a specific order with synchronized breathing. He taught Ashtanga Yoga at his institute in Mysore, India, where he was known for his ability to create a safe and supportive environment for his students.

Mysore style is a type of yoga practice where the student works independently, with minimal guidance from the instructor. Each student is encouraged to progress at their own pace and move through poses in a personalized manner.

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