By: Liz Lark
Astanga yoga is an ancient system of moving, breath-connected postures which can be choreographed into dance-like sequences. It is also the most talked-about and fastest-growing form of yoga today, endorsed by celebrities such as Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Demi Moore, Sting, Ralph Fiennes and Mariel Hemingway. Mainstream healthclubs are increasingly holding astanga yoga classes, reflecting the growing interest in this form of exercise.
Astanga yoga produces a remarkable combination of strength, flexibility and stamina, as well as mental well-being. Postures are linked by 'vinyasas', breath-connected movements which create a purifying heat, detoxifying the body and nourishing the internal organs. Deep relaxation follows the practice, accompanied by a sense of rejuvenation and vitality.
Liz Lark is an experienced yoga teacher, fully qualified to take you step by step through the stages of an astanga yoga session. Performing the primary series will allow you to 'connect to the core' and 'raise the bindu' (vital energy).