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For those of you that want an Ashtanga Primary Series class, but found Alik's full-length 120 min Primary Series class too long or challenging, we made this Ashtanga Lite class just for you!
Yoga Chikitsa, the Sanskrit title for the Ashtanga Primary Series, means yoga therapy - a program that when done regularly (so the story goes) cures your ailments and purifies the physical body to make you ready for deeper yogic practice - both physical and meditative. This is a traditional style of yoga first introduced to the west by K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. It takes its name from the 8 limbed (or ashta-anga) system outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra in 200 BC. Only one of Patanjali's limbs was concerned with the asanas (poses) and his treatise is primarily a roadmap toward meditation and enlightenment. Pattabhi Jois (and before him, his teacher Krishnamacharya) alleges that this system of asana practice is the practice of Patanjali.
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Rating: 4.82based on 19 reviews
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This was my first video since subscribing this week with a Living Social deal and it was wonderful. Very easy to follow and great modifications.
I really enjoyed this class. I found it quite challenging with the vinyasa flows in between the sitting down postures. Some poses were too hard with my bad knees, but over time with practice all poses should be accessible. The direction is really good throughout and the class is quite classic, although shortened and modified, from the full Ashtanga series.
I ve never done this kind of yoga before, and I found the instructions very easy to follow. So glad I got to experience this!
Really like this shortened version of the Ashtanga series. Will definitely do it again.
I like be this shortened version! It was still challenging, but not impossible like a few of the full version poses are for me. Great length and very clear instruction, this is the type of class I would like to do daily.
Really great class, I loved it! Really clear instruction without talking too much like some instructors. Would recommend :)
Loved it! One of the best led ashtanga classes I ve ever taken. Thank you!
Excellent ! Great beginning to mastering the primary series. Voice is soothing and just right !
Excellent description of each posture. Great for the beginner
Great - calm voice giving precise instructions with various options according to need. Two instructors also show the easier and more advanced versinons respectively. Perfect!
Really love this class. Excellent clear instructions and a very calming voice (which was a blessed relief after downloading another session where the chatter was constant...).
This class delivers -- it s a shorter but complete version of the longer series, which for me is all about building strength and calm through a prescribed set of poses. While obviously not as challenging as the full version, I feel like I ve gotten a proper workout and my mind is clearer than it has been in days. I m looking forward to trying the two-hour class.
In sum, I recommend this to people curious about Ashtanga and those who, like myself, know it but aren t going for the two hours yet.
A nice class - very clear instructions. I agree the poses seem a bit rushed at just 3 breaths but good if you don t have time for the full 2 hour class.
I liked this class very much, it s a nice "condensed" version of Ashtanga. I only think it s too short to hold a posture for 3 breaths only. 5 breaths are better as otherwise I feel like I am having to rush so I rather do less poses but hold each one longer. Maybe you can upload a class that takes this into account :-)
this is a good quick version but i did not even get remotely sweaty, i will try the full length version next time. The instruction is fantastic. I have done Ashtanga before, but not in a while, and i could follow the postures just from his words. Please do more Ashtanga class versions with faster pace for a more thorough workout.
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