Treat Yourself with Ashtanga Yoga

Our hectic modern lives can leave us rushing around from one task to the next, requiring convenient, and quick meals, and often sleep deprivation, all the while, providing yourself no release. It is imperative for those of us who live on-the-go lifestyles to take extra care of our inner-self; one of the best ways to do this is by practicing Ashtanga Yoga. This particular style of yoga is an ancient form of the yoga arts brought to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois with the intent to provide a way for individuals in his time to achieve Samadhi, or a super-conscious state of mind. In this state, one is completely at peace, filled with joy and connected with one’s self and the universal consciousness. Pattabhi Jois re-established the eight (ashta) legs/steps (anga) used in Ashtanga practice, only by abiding strictly to these legs/steps can one achieve true Samadhi. These eight legs/steps detail a moral code preaching universal love, and positivity, as well as practices such as Pranayama, the connection with one’s life force through breath. Ashtanga Yoga sequences utilize the pranayama to create an internal heat which results in a cleansing sweat as well as control over the body and mind. This control is achieved through a set series of sequences lead traditionally in Sanskrit, announcing only the breath count which creates a moving meditative state of mind. At its core, this practice strives stimulate concentration, body control, and observation of one’s emotions, all of which can benefit practitioners in many ways. Ashtanga promotes healthy digestion, circulation, mental and physical awareness, immune and physical strength, and immense emotional relief. By adding Ashtanga to your daily routine, one can combat the wear and tear of a busy lifestyle, and continue to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. Look below for some great Ashtanga sequences and cannabis pairings that will enhance your practice further.

Recommended Cannabis Strains for This Practice:

  • Lamb’s Breath
  • Kosher Kush
  • Northern Lights
  • Recommended Julie’s Edible for This Practice:
  • Alpha Express Seeds
  • DJ Short Flow Nutty Bite
  • Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners with Lesley Fightmaster:
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  • Intermediate Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois:
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  • John Scott Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate/Advanced:
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Sources
“Ashtanga Yoga.” Yoga108.org. Advaita Yoga Ashrama, 2015. Web. 06 Aug. 2015.
Maelhe, Greg. “Yoga: The Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga.” Introduction. Ashtanga Yoga: Practice & Philosophy. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Yoga: The Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga. Web. 06 Aug. 2015.

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