The short answer is…
It is a dynamic, energetic form of Yoga.
Expanding on that…
Ashtanga is a highly structured sequence of postures designed to open, stretch and strengthen the mind and body. It combines breath with movement and is practiced religiously until the practitioner is ready to move onto the next level in the sequence.
The intensive physical processes in Ashtanga are all about pushing through mental blocks, and emotional baggage to cultivate mental clarity, mindful breathing, physical strength, flexibility, and endurance. The structure and frequency of the practice is designed to help you quickly improve your body and overall wellness.
When you practice yoga on a regular basis, the autopilot of life that most of us live on, slowly transforms into a life that is naturally more awake, balanced, healthy, and happy. The little things that used to bother you don’t so much anymore. You feel less stressed and happier. Relationships become easier as emotions, thoughts, and feelings become clearer and less reactive. Best of all, who you really are shines through. (watch this short video by Richard Freeman here, scroll down to the section “Yoga Ruins Your Life?”)
YES! of course beginners can do ashtanga! Everyone has to start somewhere. However, as it is a complicated, precise and physically challenging practice, Ashtanga is not the best style of yoga for beginners to practice. None the less, beginners are still welcome. Because it provides specific and structured movements, you’ll be able to clearly see your improvements and progress. It’s also helpful because the primary sequences start with movements and poses that are better suited for beginners.
Yes definitely, Ashtanga is inclusive for everyone.
If you’re a person who needs one-on-one individual instruction, you might benefit from Ashtanga classes. If you’re a seasoned yogi, or you want something that makes it easier to measure your progression in the movements, and is easy to modify the asanas to suit your needs, Ashtanga may be the style of yoga you need. It’s also great if you want to focus your yoga practice on building strength and physical health. Ashtanga can help everyone from beginner to more advanced yoga practitioners.
Ashtanga offers people a highly structured approach to asana practice. You’ll always know when you’re progressing, and be able to tailor your approach to best meet your needs. With regular practice it can bring flexibility, strength, and focus and can also improve your mental state, giving you increased focus and clarity.
If you want to revitalise your mind, body and your outlook on life, give yoga a try… not just once, you have to commit to it and accept with love and kindness the gradual, gentle gifts that it brings.
Believe me, they will come.
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