Ashtanga means 'eight limbs' and refers to the eighfold path of Yoga originally laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. The ashtanga vinyasa method of asana (postural) yoga is a dynamic form of Hatha yoga
that combines set sequences of postures (asanas) with connective movements (vinyasas), breath (pranayama), eye gaze (drishti) and internal physical locks (bandhas.)
This style of yoga was introduced to the modern world by T. Krishnamacharya, who taught the method to K. Pattabhi Jois. Jois dedicated the rest of his life to teaching and spreading the benefits of ashtanga yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga is a vigorous and energizing form of physical yoga that is informed by the philosophy and teachings of the Yoga sutra by Patanjali. It has recently enjoyed widespread popularity having been enthusiastically endorsed by a number of celebrity practitioners including the likes of Madonna, Sting and Gwenith Paltrow.
There are a number of regular Ashtanga classes in Exeter and also courses
Ashtanga teachers:Fran AllenAndrea DurantTania Rose Fox