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Ashtanga Yoga: Seated Series 1

Lesson Plan Duration:

90

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Chin Mudra
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The Mountain
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Bound Lotus
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Both Big Toe
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Classical Fish
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Head to Knee A
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Lifting Lotus
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Womb Embryo
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Wide Angle Seated Fold
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Three Limbs Facing West

Literally translated as “eight-limbed yoga”, Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta, an ancient manuscript "said to contain lists of many different groupings of asanas, as well as highly original teachings on vinyasa, drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy" According to sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, Ashtanga is the path of internal purification for revealing the universal self, and consists of eight spiritual practices, namely:

It is said that the first four limbs are external cleansing practices, and the last four are internal cleansing practices. And while there are some Ashtanga yoga studios that focus mainly on the Asana (simply doing the poses for a workout) to get the full benefit of Ashtanga yoga it is important to tackle all the 8 limbs.

Ashtanga aims to not only make the practitioner calm of mind and peaceful of soul, but also have a strong, toned, controlled body. Because of its weight management and strength building routine, Ashtanga has become a popular choice of not just yoga practitioners, but also athletes looking to augment their sport by adding flexibility and core strength.

Not only that, because of the fast pace of the pose changes, it also promotes stamina and endurance. And because it only uses body weight, Ashtanga makes the practitioner stronger but not give a bulky look, instead making the practitioner a lean, toned human being.

On the mental and spiritual side, it is a great stress reliever, especially for goal oriented people, as it takes away the mind from thinking about other things and instead makes the practitioner focus on the series of poses, the fast pace, and be determined to achieve the next pose.