Ashtanga

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noun Ash·tan·ga \ash-ˈtäŋ-gə\
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Ashtanga yoga

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ashtanga

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ashtanga yoga

Definition of Ashtanga

  1. :  a system of yoga in which the practitioner moves through a series of poses usually in a prescribed order Ashtanga yoga is definitely an energy-raising practice. The constant flow of movement and breath is designed to detoxify and enliven, ideally bringing your metabolic rate back to normal through the finishing poses. — Sarah Powers, Yoga Journal, July/August 2003

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Origin and Etymology of ashtanga

borrowed from Sanskrit aṣṭāṅga (in aṣṭāṅgayoga) “eight-limbed, having eight members,” from aṣṭā “eight” + aṅga- “limb, member” — more at 1eight, 3angle


First Known Use: 1874


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