What is Ashtanga Yoga? Uncovering the Mystery

Debunking the Mystery: What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Although the typical imagination when you think of ‘yoga’ would be a calm, carefully carried out series of poses that are supposed to be done at a very slow pace, it can be a problem for some who just want to do a lot in little time whether it’s due to extra energy or restlessness. Behold Ashtanga yoga, a form of yoga that’ll leave you panting and exhausted by the time you’re done with it. But before you get started and sign up for a class, here’s a few things you should know about Ashtanga yoga. 

Monotony

The fact that Ashtanga yoga has the same set of exercises repeated over and over again poses some advantages as well as disadvantages. The advantage being that you can practically visit every Ashtanga yoga class in the world and not feel left out the exercises are the same. But the downside is repetition of the same exercises can sometimes feel boring especially for people looking to learn new things.

It’s Gonna Get Hot

It’s important to stack up on water and wearing longer yoga pants instead of those that just cover the knees since it’s going to get really hot due to the intensity and the fast-pace of the exercise. The hydration level should stay up here to prevent you from fainting or feeling dizzy, since the instructor may or may not allow you to drink water, depending on whether he/she is strict or lenient.

It Involves A Lot of Touching

To get the yoga poses right, it’s important for each and every aspect of your body to be in a specific position, something that the instructor will stress on both metaphorically and physically. It can get rough sometimes as the instructor can sometimes apply a lot of force which can lead to injuries. If you want to learn at your own pace, simply request the instructor to instruct you and not physically touch you in the process.

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Screaming Silence

Though there is no music or talking during the yoga session, the constant announcement by the instructor to change positions coupled with your heavy breathing throughout the exercises is enough to create a lot of sound in the entire room.

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