Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of Yoga codified and taught orifginally by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and K. Pattabhi Jois. There are 6 challenging and dynamic series of postures. The first is the Primary Series, second is the Intermediate, followed by 4 Advanced Series.
Ashtanga Yoga translates to “eight limbs of Yoga”, put forward by Patanjali in a historic text on Yoga theory and practice called The Yoga Sutras. Of these eight limbs of Yoga, one is physical practice. The other 7 include breath (pranayama), codes of conduct, centering and calming the mind and learning to concentrate, and meditation.
In an Ashtanga Yoga class, you start with the Primary Series, working through a dynamic sequence of postures and breath. These classes are strong and help to cultivate strength, flexibility and dedication to practice. You do the same postures each time, so you learn them well, and this is great because you can start a regular home practice.