ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA
in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri R. Sharat Jois's
The Sanskrit word "ashtanga" literally means "eight levels" which, according to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, corresponds to eight different practices created as a means to control the mind and purify the inner being: jama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (positions), pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (control of senses), dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (contemplation).
Initially the focus of ashtanga practice is the daily practice of asana, or yoga positions, to the body and sense organs become more flexible, which is a prerequisite for the stability of the mind. Ashtanga yoga techniques are grouped into six different series of which each should be skillfully mastered the correct order before we embark on mastering the next series.
The emphasis is on vinyasa, a specific system of breathing / movement that generates heat, causing internal purification and improves circulation.
There are positions (asanas) with contractions (band), breathing (uđaji) and places that we direct view (dristi) which should unite.
_ (from discussions with Shri Sharat Rangaswami-operation and Sarasvatii Rangasvami 2008, when Vairagya Ranko first visited Mysore) _