What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga is the type of yoga that focuses on rejuvenation. By synchronising breathing and movement in yoga poses, blood circulation is improved, therefore Ashtanga Yoga relieves joint pain. 

Created by Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1948, the practice of Ashtanga Yoga ignites a cleansing, purifying and strengthening fire in the mind, body and nervous system. This is achieved by moving dynamically on the breath, engaging bandhas/locks and focusing the gaze.  

There are six series of yoga poses in Ashtanga Yoga. The primary, beginners’ series, is ordered as follows: sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses, inversions, backbends, relaxation. The Intermediate series follows the same order, but with more poses and variations. The four more advanced series are only appropriate for highly advanced students. 


Go to Ashtanga Yoga if you want: 

Set routines 

Flowing movement 

Breath-synchronised movement 

Physical yoga poses 

Cardio fitness 


Watch an Ashtanga Yoga intro 


Watch an Ashtanga Yoga class 


Who was Ashtanga Yoga founded by? 

Ashtanga Yoga was founded by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 


When was Ashtanga Yoga founded? 

Ashtanga Yoga was founded in 1948. 

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is a yoga advocate and writer with three yoga books to her name, including the beloved travel memoir Yoga School Dropout. She writes regularly for the national press, has authored over 150 guides to types of yoga and yoga poses, discovered nearly 250 proven health benefits of yoga through her painstaking classification of 300 clinical studies, and collected more than 500 personal testimonials to the real life benefits of yoga. She is also the creator of our yoga shop – YogaClicks.Store – handpicking yoga brands that are beautifully made by yogis committed to environmental and social sustainability.