Yoga Pose Tutorials › Ashtanga Yoga › Charlie Taylor-Rugman
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic, flowing and physically demanding practice. Ashtanga synchronises breath and movement to produce an internal heat and is good for building strength and mobility. An ashtanga yoga practise moves through a set sequences of poses and vinyasas. Ashtangi's start with the primary series, although for most of us, the primary series has more than enough to challenge us. Ashtanga can be practiced by fit and mobile beginners, but we recommend taking it slowly and with variations. If you enjoy Ashtanga Yoga, you may also like vinyasa yoga, power yoga, Forrest yoga and Jivamukti yoga. We also recommend Yin Yoga as a really excellent complement to Ashtanga.
Chaturandga Dandasana, one of the key postures of the Ashtanga Yoga Sun Salutations is a tricky but common pose requiring a deal of strength. Watch this short tutorial to strengthen and get a few pointers on how to perform your Chaturanga Dandasana safely. Learn how to position your arms and shoulders and how to find the correct alignment. You will need two blocks.
Upward Dog Upgrade
Open up all along your spine and learn the correct sensations in your abdomen and shoulders for the perfect upward dog. Ashtanga yogis will be in upward dog up to 60 times a day, so it's worth mastering this posture. You will need up to 3 yoga blocks and an extra, rolled up mat.
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