Ashtanga yoga is a hundreds of years old Indian philosophical tradition based on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.
Nowadays the best known part of Ashtanga yoga is the asana practice even it has a little to do with the spiritual yoga. Its importance is in the purification of the body from toxins and tensions. When the body is healthy, the mind becomes one-pointed. When the mind is one-pointed, the energy in the body finds the balance too.
This asana practice was re-enlivened in the 30’s by an Indian scholar, teacher and healer, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya enriched the physical practice by the vinyasa – the synchronization of breath and movement and spread the teaching widely in India.
Yoga has traditionally only one goal. It aims to finish the dominance of the mind. In other words the practitioner does no more identify with the mental fluctuations, i.e. the ego. This allows the real Self to be experienced.
On a long term, the practice of yoga leads to a permanent clarity and openness of mind, peace in the body and altruistic attitude towards others. The practitioner learns to know him/herself as Joy and Trust.