February 13, 2011
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It has been said that yoga is one of India's greatest gifts to the world-a philosophically based system of exercises designed to keep the body strong and healthy and the mind calm and serene. This week, Martha is exploring a different kind of yoga each day at Karma Yoga studio in New York City. Today, she is joined by Sarah Willis, who introduces her to the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga. As Sarah explains, Ashtanga is a vigorous style of yoga that employs breath-synchronized movements to circulate energy throughout the body and always follows the same set of postures. By following a sequence of specific poses, she adds, practitioners can enhance their physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. According to Sarah, the most important thing to keep in mind while practicing this particular form of yoga is consistency. In addition, it's vital that your teacher is familiar with your athletic abilities and limitations, as the exercises can be quite physically demanding.

Sarah Willis

37 West 65th Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY

212-769-9642

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

"Yoga Mala: The Seminal Treatise and Guide from the Living Master of Ashtanga Yoga"

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