Ashtanga (meaning eight-limbed yoga) is an ancient form of yoga that focuses on breath and movement. Impress your friends with the Sanskrit names for those octopus arms: Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (absorption into the Universal).
Cranking your inner body heat way up, Ashtanga asanas (poses) are designed to cleanse your body of toxins and improve blood circulation. Its postures require serious strength and insane flexibility, but you don’t have to be an expert in order to practice. However, if you’re not dripping with sweat after this 90-minute workout, you’re doing it wrong.
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