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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - a introduction

Ashtanga vinyasa is a style of yoga taught by Shri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India and introduced to the West in the early 1970's by a small group of Americans which included David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff.

It is a dynamic form that combines breath, movement and grace in what is often described as a moving meditation. Students learn a series of linked postures (asana) that then form the basis of a daily self practice.

This self practice approach is characteristic of the form and is profoundly important in terms of yoga development - for it is in our own practice that, if we remain aware, we really experience the benefits and essence of yoga.

For further information on Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga visit the website of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute , Mysore.