Ashtanga is a deep yoga tradition established by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It is often considered the origin of 'power' yoga. Following a specific sequence of asana (held poses) and vinyasa (movement), Ashtanga is a challenging and invigorating practice that builds internal heat - a great practice for purifying and detoxifying. Forward folds, back bends, twists and inversions compliment each other to make a balanced and complete sequence. Each movement is synchronized with the breath, allowing the practitioner to cultivate presence, fortitude, and a calm mind. Some knowledge of yoga is beneficial to take this class.