If you’re reading this and still wondering what Ashtanga yoga is well let me explain it really quick. Ashtanga yoga is similar to other vinyasa forms. It’s based on sun salutations and is often used for gymnastic practice because of it’s advanced, contorting poses.
It follows a strict sequencing of poses within each of its 5 different levels, each increasing in difficulty.
You practice among other people with the instructor not leading the group. Instead, you’re expected to memorise each pose while the instructor simply corrects participants specific positions.
Getting into the list, here is our top 10 benefits for Ashtanga yoga.
1. Helps to reduce body fat
Enjoy a lean body through natural weight loss from Ashtanga yoga. Because most of the poses use body weight, you’ll get a lean and toned body. Also, the performance of vigorous poses helps detoxify your body which assists in getting rid of fat from the stomach and arms.
2. Improved mental focus
Ashtanga yoga focuses on the repetition of the same order of poses. As you get better, you naturally begin to focus on your physical movements while becoming inline with your breath. Focusing your body and breath really clears your mind and lets you zone in on whatever task is in front of you.
3. Increased personal wellness
By the time you’ve been doing yoga for 3 months you’ll wonder how you even lived before yoga. Ashtanga yoga is a system that connects us to our centre and helps us find and be our true self. When you find yourself, there will be nothing stopping you from ending all of those bad habits and starting up all the good ones you’ve been waiting to.
Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
4. Great for preventing injuries
Ashtanga yoga, when performed in a safe and mindful manner with the help of an experienced yoga teacher grants you with a flexible, strong and internally balanced body. This causes you to be less prone to injuries and health problems.
5.Enjoy more inspiration
It’s quite challenging but provides inspiration in the long run. Each level you make it through will truly boost your self-esteem. Even watching your peers can help inspire you to push that little bit harder.
6. Practice anywhere
Ashtanga yoga only requires a bit of space with no need for equipment. Yoga reminds us to not be attached to material possessions. Sure, it is nice to have your yoga mat handy, but doing yoga in some plain flat grass can feel oh so amazing.
7. At your own pace
Yoga is not a race, it’s all about the personal challenge. There will be some days when you do your full routine, and others where you get tired quickly. What matters is that you don’t give up so quickly. Try and see failing as part of the learning process. Because many successful people in any area of life will tell you the same.
the body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in – B.K.S Iyengar
8. Helps be in control
The modern world is full of action-reaction type of living. Yoga helps build patience allowing you to be in control at all times. The practice also helps your individual self be refined, to become the true you.
9. Alleviate back pain
Focusing in on your breath and calming yourself helps reduce your cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone that really does a number on your joints and muscles. Being less stressed from the act of breathing will drastically improve your back pain as well as any other joint or muscular pain you may have.
1o. Perform better at home and work
Having that sense of accomplishment from progressing through the levels of Ashtanga yoga will really improve your sense of self. This will make you feel unstoppable and allow you to complete work at a much more efficient pace. In your home life, you’ll be able to overcome family issues that pop up now and then much faster causing less emotional harm.
Also, generally being stressed less will improve all areas of your life such as increasing your life span too.
As always, I hoped you enjoyed reading our top 10 benefits of Ashtanga yoga. We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions. Simply leave a comment below!
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