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Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners
Yoga has become a worldwide trend that is followed by millions of people from all over the world, all looking for a combination workout to better their mind, body and soul. If you're eager to jump on the wellness bandwagon and get into yoga, it is important to realize that there are various forms of yoga. Each form has its own unique style, but the same basic principles apply and you should try to find the yoga that suits you.
Ashtanga yoga, which is commonly referred to as "power" yoga, directly translates to "eight limbs". The primary focus of this practice is building strength and stamina and for this reason it's no wonder elite athletes have included this practice in their training schedule.
In an Ashtanga yoga class you will find that the movements are quick and there is very little rest and relaxation involved like your typical Hatha yoga class. While most yoga styles focus primarily on flexibility and breathing techniques, the primary focus of Ashtanga yoga is strength. You will enjoy a relaxation session at the end of the class, but the postures during the session are tough and demanding and help to activate your strength and stamina. It's hard work, but with practice and consistency, you too can master this magnificent path.
As with all yoga practices, mastering the technique can take a few years, depending on your levels of strength and flexibility. However, it's always a good idea to start somewhere and remember to listen to your body — yoga is not a competitive sport; think of it rather as a union with your body where you work at your body's own capabilities and progress as your body develops, strengthens and evolves.
Author: Dimi Ingle.
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