Ash·​tan·​ga | \ ash-ˈtäŋ-gə How to pronounce Ashtanga (audio) \
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 Powers, Yoga Journal, July/August 2003

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First Known Use of Ashtanga

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ashtanga

borrowed from Sanskrit aṣṭāṅga (in aṣṭāṅgayoga) “eight-limbed, having eight members,” from aṣṭā “eight” + aṅga- “limb, member”

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Cite this Entry

“Ashtanga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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