This link popped up in my “Ashtanga” news alert. And this just makes me want to poke my own eyes out:
Ashtanga is a style of yoga, much like power yoga, that is a vigorous work out. Practicing this form of yoga helps to improve your muscle tone.
Gah! “Much like power yoga.” I know this piece isn’t suppose to actually “get it”, but, you want it to, right? And it keeps on:
Most yoga styles are not quite as vigorous and still have strength benefits. Iyengar or hatha focus on precise body alignment poses with less movement than other styles. These can provide you with strength and endurance.
If you want to build upper-body strength, many poses such as downward down, upward dog and the plank pose help immensely with this. In standing poses you build up strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps and abdominal muscles. You can also strengthen your lower back with upward dog and the chair pose. Nearly all poses will build core strength and deep abdominal muslces if done right.
Anyone who ever has had their pose corrected — perhaps with the “Who is teaching this method?” question — knows that Ashtanga is every bit as concerned with body alignment.
I know, I know, I should just chill. And I will. We’ve just gotten back from checking out the Festival of the Chariot in Venice. I can think of few places in America better suited to this than Venice Beach.
And tonight we are going to the Krishna Das event, also in Venice. So Bhakti aplenty today. We’ll report on the Krishna Das event tomorrow.
Posted by Steve