Yoga - Astanga Style

Yoga - Astanga Style Fitness Training

Yoga - Astanga Style Description

Astanga yoga involves a series of challenging exercises aimed at promoting physical and mental well-being. Often performed in a non-stop, consecutive fashion, these exercises can help improve flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength and endurance. Like other styles of yoga, astanga emphasizes physical and mental self-awareness while contributing to stress reduction and muscle relaxation. Beginners should seek out qualified instruction.

Yoga - Astanga Style Warnings

  • People suffering from chronic lower back, knee, elbow, wrist, shoulder, ankle, hip or pelvic injury or pain should receive medical clearance.
  • Novices may want to first concentrate on developing adequate flexibility and endurance abilities before engaging in this form of yoga.

Yoga - Astanga Style Risks

  • Muscle strain from improper stretching or exercise technique

Yoga - Astanga Style Sport-specific applications

  • Flexibility, endurance, and the mental focus benefits of yoga will aid performance in almost any activity

Yoga - Astanga Style Equipment required

  • Clothing should be comfortable and not restrict movement
  • Exercise mat or aerobic-type floor surface

Yoga - Astanga Style Applicable substitutions

  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Circuit-training calisthenics
  • Martial arts

Yoga - Astanga Style Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • Yoga Journal: 2045 University Ave. #302, Berkeley, CA 94704, (415) 841­9200


Flexibility/Cardiorespiratory: Interval

Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 4
  • Flexibility 5
  • Muscular Strength 3
  • Muscular Endurance 4
  • Body Fat Recution 3

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 2
  • Flexibility 2
  • Muscular Strength 2
  • Muscular Endurance 2
  • Coordination/Skill 3

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: every major muscle group in the body should be involved in a well-balanced program

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.059 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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