A style or school of hatha yoga that includes an intense physically challenging workout, also referred to as "power yoga". It places equal emphasis on strength, flexibility and stamina while it synchronizes movements with breath in a continual flow of action to create heat which produces a cleansing or detoxifying effect of the body.
Ashtanga means "eight limbs", and Ashtanga yoga refers to the eight stages of classical raja yoga, as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Also refers to a physically demanding modern form of hatha yoga developed by Patthabhi Jois (a student of Krishnamacharya). For those who want a serious workout, ashtanga yoga builds strength, flexibility, and stamina. It uses a fast-paced series of poses beginning with sun salutations. Power yoga, made popular by Beryl Bender Birch, is based on ashtanga yoga.