What is Ashtanga yoga? "Ashtanga is the original Vinyasa (power) yoga," says Sally. "It's a hugely effective and popular style of yoga."
In Ashtanga, as taught to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois by Krishnamacharaya in Mysore, India, there are six set sequences which are gradually worked through under the strict guidance of a teacher. The Ashtanga method encourages daily vinyasa practice, a breathing practice called Ujjayi and core work involving moolha bandha (engagement of the pelvic floor) and uddiyana banda (contraction of the lower abdominals).
What are the benefits? "Ashtanga is physically challenging and very effective," says Sally. Aids concentration, endurance, strength and balance.