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Articles by Caroline Klebl

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a dynamic style of yoga asana practice that quickly builds strength, increases flexibility and develops cardiovascular fitness. Ashtanga yoga removes the impurities of the body and mind.

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Yoga is Union. Yoga is a tangible method of attaining to liberation from suffering and ultimate realization of supreme consciousness. Ashtanga is a Sanskrit word, which is created by joining two words, Ashta and Anga. Ashta means eight and Anga is translated as limbs, aspects or steps. Therefore, Ashtanga Yoga refers to the eight steps of Yoga practice.

The eight limbs of Yoga are Yama (restraints), Niyama (observances), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (absorption).

The Yamas are the moral codes, which free the mind and life of a yoga practitioner from undesirable thoughts, feelings and circumstances, which are the result of unethical actions. The Yamas include, Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-theft), Brahmacharya (guided by Brahman or God) and Aparighraha (non-hoarding).

The Niyamas are the observances, which establish a state of being, which is conducive to Yoga. The Niyamas include Saucha (cleanliness), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (heat), Svadhyaya (study of the supreme), Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender to the supreme).

The Asana practice is the gateway into the steps of Ashtanga Yoga. Asana practice, which includes Pranayama, reveals a radiant state of health and purifies the subtle energy body. This prepares the mind for meditation and encourages dis-functional behavior patterns to naturally be abandoned.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a precise method of Yoga practice, which was described in the Yoga Korunta, by Vamana Rishi. This method includes hundreds of postures, which are sequentially linked by Vinyasa, the breath-initiated movement between postures. Additionally, the principal actions of Bandhas (locks or energy seals), Drishti (the gaze or looking place in each posture) and Ujjayi Pranayama (a sound induced breath applied to both the inhaling and exhaling breath) are emphasized in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method of Asana practice. This method of Asana practice, enables hundreds of Asanas to be integrated into the body of every practitioner.

By practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga on a regular basis, the body becomes light and strong, the mind rests in a content state and the individual self merges with the eternal. Get started or improve your practice by signing up for one of our workshops, teacher trainings or retreats.

Ashtanga yoga instructor, Caroline Klebl has been teaching yoga workshops, yoga teacher trainings and Ashtanga yoga retreats in beautiful destinations around the world since 2002. To view her current teaching schedule visit SCHEDULE

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Ashtanga yoga is one of the most intensive, challenging, yet rewarding forms of practice, focused on breathwork, muscle development, balance, and coordination, in addition to spiritual and mental growth.

Source of Yoga has designed exclusive Ashtanga yoga retreats focused on helping aspiring yoga teachers at all practice levels delve into an intense, immersive experience. These Ashtanga yoga retreats help push them out of their comfort zone and train them in yogic principles and practice, allowing them to complete their required hours through specialized training.

The retreats focus on helping participants connect their mind, body, and soul while simultaneously teaching them core principles of Ashtanga yoga, including its core Asanas and Vinyasas, along with other elements. Our Ashtanga yoga retreats aim to prepare yogis to become professionals and lead classes with confidence, the right knowledge and roots, and a comprehensive understanding of what the practice entails. Get started today!


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