Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga centers on a vigorous physical practice that includes a series of poses linked together with breath to form a continuous sequence. The practice demands an intense level of physical strength, flexibility, and endurance, which explains why many people see it as a rigorous and challenging workout.

What is Ashtanga Yoga

The intensive physical processes in Ashtanga are all about pushing through mental blocks, and emotional baggage to cultivate mental clarity, mindful breathing, physical strength, flexibility, and endurance. The structure and frequency of the practice is designed to help you quickly improve your body and overall wellness. The set sequence of posture creates a strong framework that allows one to focus on the inner limbs of the yoga sutras.

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Ashtanga Yoga Principles

These five principles are necessary for a successful ashtanga practice..

  1. Ujjayi pranayama: This specific breathing technique is used throughout the practice. The victorious breath is a slow audible breathing technique used to warm, energize and increase focus and concentration. 

  2. Drishti: A specific drishti, or focal point, is used in each asana. This helps create a more focused and meditative practice.

  3. Vinyasa: The core of the practice is synchronizing the breath to the sequence of postures and transitions in the series.

  4. Bandha: The engagement of the bandhas, or body locks, is encouraged throughout the class to seal in the prana energy and create core stability.

  5. Daily practice: A six-days-per-week routine is encouraged, with Saturday as the rest day. “Moon days,” the days on the full and new moon are also rest days, and women often refrain from practicing during menstruation.

Key Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga

Researches that focuses specifically on the benefits of hatha, suggest the hatha yoga may have a variety of benefits, including: 

  1. Less anxiety: Results from a 2016 meta-analysis of 17 studies (501 patients) provide preliminary support for hatha as a treatment for anxiety

  2. Better balance: A small 2014 study involving 34 men found that those who completed a five-month hatha yoga program were able to better their postural control. Based on those results, the authors conclude that hatha yoga training can improve body balance.

  3. Fitness improvements: A 2015 study of Chinese adults discovered that a 12-week hatha yoga program had positive effects on several components of fitness including cardio endurance, muscle strength and endurance, and flexibility

Ashtanga Yoga Classes in Tokyo

Key Yoga Studio, a bilingual yoga studio based in Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku provides the best quality hatha yoga classes to the clients in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese languages. The yoga teachers at Key Yoga Studio have 8-20 years of experience in Ashtanga Yoga. The Key Yoga Studio team works together to fulfill the needs and requirements of the clients putting clients above everything. 

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