Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a well-known Hatha Yoga system that has its roots in Patanjalis Sutren and Yoga Korunta. The oldest known teacher is T. Krishnamacharya, who in turn passed on his knowledge to his students, among others T.K.V. Desikachar, B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois.
In the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, we dynamically and in harmony with breathing alternate between different postures (asanas) and thus work energetically with our body. But if we look at Ashtanga Yoga as a whole, it is much more than what we see on the mat: Translated, it is “the path ofthe eight limbs” and consists of just as many building blocks, some of which are visible, partly palpable and partly unimaginable. The asanas only describe the third limb.
The regular and devoted practice of the eight limbs (Yamas, Niyamas, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi) leads to a wonderful energy perception and concentration, even to a (dynamic) meditation as well as to a deep knowledge of his self. The following applies: 99% practice and 1% theory.