Ashtanga Yoga is a rewarding system that generates excellent rewards for both the mind and body. It is one of the more user-centred disciplines, continually advancing to meet the needs of new enthusiasts from various ages, skill levels and cultures. Shown below are some of the factors that makes Ashtanga Yoga different from other types of yoga practice.
Out of all the yoga disciplines around, Ashtanga is the only one that puts an emphasis on self practice. Ashtanga yoga is done in the Mysore style, which revolves around self practice lessons. Many believe that self practice is the only means to end up being genuinely proficient in Asana practices. Most other sorts of yoga (like Bikram yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga and so forth) do not advocate self-practice. In those subject areas, students follow and teachers lead.
Another thing that makes Ashtanga Yoga stand out from other forms of yoga is its loyalty to patterns. Although discipline is required to maintain sequences, the final results are obvious. One significant benefit of sequencing is that it can help to keep you sincere, for example by forcing you to tough out challenging postures. Beware, however: if too rigidly utilised, forcing a posture may bring about injury. Be smart!
As a note, we should also specify that Ashtanga Yoga is not a total and optimal practice. As one example, traditional Ashtanga instructors do not explain specific techniques– this removes students from the option of easy improvements. As another example, few variations are supported in Ashtanga standing postures. This can lead to a lopsidedness of a solid upper body coupled with thin chicken legs. Such asymmetries (unless corrected) can bring about manifested imbalances in the body or mind (or both).
In Wellington, learn more about the benefits of different yoga practices at Te Aro Astanga Yoga: