Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga Yoga is is a highly structured vinyasa-style class. There are five Ashtanga asana series and each student must master every pose of the first series before moving onto the second series.

This dynamic, physically demanding practice synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Ashtanga yoga, with its many vinyasas, is great for building core strength and toning the body. Prepare to sweat as you briskly move through a set sequence.

Based on ancient yoga teachings, Ashtanga became popular when Pattabhi Jois (pronounced “pah-tah-bee joyce”) brought it to the West in the 1970s. Each style follows a specific sequence of postures.

Ashtanga is similar to Vinayasa yoga. Each style connects every movement to breath. The difference between the two is that Ashtanga often performs exactly the same poses in exactly the same order.

Ashtanga is sweaty and physically demanding type of yoga.