Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga, popularised in the West by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
It’s method – Vinyasa – means a harmonic connection of breath and movement. The characteristic breath, based on Ujjayi pranayama, produces internal heat and gives energy. Asanas in Ashtanga are performed always in the same order – they are divided into three sequences: first, second and third series. First series – the basic sequence of Ashtanga – is meant to cleanse the body from the toxins and strengthen it. Second series purifies the nervous system. Third series, the most advanced, is divided into four sequences that strengthen the body and the mind. Step by step, a practitioner gradually learns new poses from the sequence and progresses throughout the series.