My mother says, "I began to dance long before I could walk" so it makes sense she enrolled me in dance classes at the age of 3. Not only did I adore those classes but growing up in a dance studio provided me with self confidence I am now grateful for. Once I stopped dancing (at age 19) I wasn't sure what physical activity I could pick up in it's replacement.
I stumbled upon yoga throughout high school and college but truly never felt the passion or connection until someone mentioned Ashtanga yoga to me. Ashtanga is a method of yoga that involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures--a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies the muscles and organs.
The complete system of yoga positions (Asana) and dynamic movement (Vinyasa) give the body new shapes and allows us to excel beyond our limitations. Yoga Chikitsa is the sanskrit name for the primary series and is translated to Yoga Therapy which purifies and heals the body. The primary series forms the basis for all subsequent series and may seem the easiest of all Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga series. It's the first series learned by every ashtanga-yogi and is truly where one becomes familiar with the system and gets used to everyday practice.
Check out the chart below from the Ashtanga Yoga Canada center!