Ashtanga

noun Ash·tan·ga \ ash-ˈtäŋ-gə \
variants: or Ashtanga yoga or less commonly ashtanga or ashtanga yoga

Definition of Ashtanga

: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 PowersYoga JournalJuly/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”


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