Ashtanga Yoga Classes New Castle DE

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The Light Within Yoga Studio
(484) 643-0870
11 Exchange Place
West Grove, PA
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga, Gentle, Gentle/Restorative, Yo

SPF Yoga / Susan's Power Flow Yoga
(302) 354-2964
Spring Valley
Wilmington, DE
Yoga Styles
Hot Vinyasa / Power Flow / Hatha

Serenity Yoga Studio
(302) 373-7538
5244 Summit Bridge Road
Middletown, DE
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Power Flow Yoga,Ashtanga, Youth Y

Barefoot Yoga and Massage
(610) 558-9944
The Studio at 377 Glen Mills Road
Thornton, PA
Yoga Styles
varied classes

Sama Center Inc.
(610) 692-8082
1240 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA
Yoga Styles
Samasana, Vinyasa, Eclectic,TriYoga

Awareness Center
(302) 738-7006
280 E. Main Street
Newark, DE
Yoga Styles
Iyengar, Anusara, Meditative, Chi Gung

The Yoga Space
302.239.9556 cell 302.981.4753
Hockessin, DE
Yoga Styles
Kripalu Hatha Yoga

Thousand Cranes Yoga
(484) 682-5464
705 Willowdale Lane
Kennett Square, PA
Yoga Styles

Premier Martial Arts
(610) 459-1933
1810 Wilmington Pike #11 & 12
Glen Mills, PA
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Flow

Yoga Bean Studios and Magazine
(610) 805-6724
55 State Road
Media, PA
Yoga Styles
Hatha & Ashtanga

What Is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga yoga is one of the many disciplines

of yoga that is practiced throughout the world. Ashtanga means “eight limbs” in Sanscrit, which references the eight limbs of yoga which were laid out in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali . The ashtanga method of yoga was i nterpreted by Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from an ancient text that described a unique system of hatha yoga called the Yoga Korunta , which was developed by Vamana Rishi .

Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) first began his studies with Krishnamacharaya at the age of 12 in Mysore, India . He went on to become the leading practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga . This type of yoga is a set series of poses which are done in a flowing Vinyasa style .

In 1958, Pattabhi Jois published Yogo Mala , his book on Ashtanga yoga . A student will progress at their own pace through each of the six different Ashtanga series .

The Ashtanga method of yoga stresses daily Vinyasa flow practice using ujjayi breathing, mula bandha, uddiyana bandha, and drishti.

The first series, Yoga Chikitsa , is described in Yoga Mala. The purpose of Yoga Chikitsa, which translates to yoga therapy , is as follows: realign the spine, detoxify the body, and build strength, stamina, and flexibility. It consists of a series of about 75 poses, which takes between and hour and a half and two hours to complete. The series begins with sun salutations (surya namaskara A and surya namaskara B), and moves on the standing poses, seated poses, inversions, and backbends before the relaxation phase.

Nadi Shodana, which translates to nervous system purification , is the intermediate or second series of poses. The poses are designed to cleanse and strengthen the nervous system and the subtle energy channels throughout the body. This series is not implemented until the primary series is strong. During this series, the same progression is followed (sun salutations, standing, sitting, etc.) as the primary series, but new poses and variations are introduced.

The four advanced series are named the Sthira Bhaga, which translates to divine stability . Pattabhi Jois had originally laid out two intensive advanced series, but later he divided them into four series in order to make them attainable for more people. These later series concentrate on difficult advanced arm balances and should only be attempted by extremely advanced students.

Most yoga studios offer teacher led Ashtanga yoga classes , i...

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