Ashtanga is the Sanskrit word meaning eight limbs and the Ashtanga Yoga that deals with the eight limbs of yoga. It involves the sync of breath with a series of poses to intensify the internal heat and purify the sweat and detoxify the muscles and organs. It also improves blood circulation and relaxes body and results a calmer mind.
The athletic style postures attract more people and help them make a sense of order. It does not reduce stress but reduces the ‘impact’ of stress. It is not possible to wipe out stress but can only relive or reduce them. This is beneficial for people of all ages. The younger generation can strengthen the muscles and increase flexibility, the middle aged people can keep their body healthy and fit according to their age, and for the older people yoga is more of spiritual enhancement than physical empowerment.
It will be more comfortable to do yoga at home when the environment is familiar and convenient and the timings can be flexible as per convenience. There are many Ashtanga Yoga DVDs available that helps people to have yoga at home. The DVDs are well explained and demonstrated Ashtanga postures are comfortable and instructed well on voice over. The DVDs differ with the targeted audience. The beginner series are meant for beginners with the basic non-complicated postures. The postures are explained systematically prior to demonstration and so will be easier to follow. The videos are shot at beautiful locations with soft soothing music in the background. It usually starts with sun salutations which are a comfortable warm up but the workouts are difficult as goes further.
Ashtanga involves active movements that trigger sweating. It is meant to be a daily practice with so many seated, standing and lying poses with enough repetitions to follow. Unlike other beginners video for yoga practice Ashtanga beginners will find it difficult and is not easy as the others. The beginner series will be slow paced and calming and physically challenging but without modifications since Ashtanga is that branch of Yoga that must be done as it is and only the speed may be altered and not the postures.