Mysore​ ​style​ ​ashtanga​ ​yoga​ ​is​ ​a​ ​vinyasa​ ​system​ ​of​ ​Yoga​ ​originating​ ​from​ ​Mysore,​ ​India.​ ​​ ​Sri​ ​K. Pattabhi​ ​Jois,​ ​carried​ ​on​ ​the​ ​eight​ ​limb​ ​traditions​ ​taught​ ​by​ ​Krishnamacharaya.​ ​​ ​More specifically,​ ​the​ ​practice​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​a​ ​system​ ​that​ ​links​ ​movement​ ​and​ ​breath,​ ​where​ ​the student​ ​moves​ ​rhythmically​ ​through​ ​the​ ​sequence​ ​of​ ​postures​ ​at​ ​their​ ​own​ ​pace.​ ​In​ ​the beginning,​ ​you​ ​start​ ​simply​ ​with​ ​breathing​ ​and​ ​Surya​ ​Namaskara​ ​A,​ ​a​ ​9​ ​movement​ ​sequence​ ​of movements​ ​to​ ​warm​ ​up​ ​the​ ​body​ ​and​ ​get​ ​moving.​ ​​ ​The​ ​student​ ​progresses​ ​through​ ​the​ ​practice according​ ​to​ ​a​ ​few​ ​different​ ​things,​ ​what​ ​the​ ​student​ ​can​ ​remember​ ​and​ ​how​ ​proficient​ ​they​ ​are in​ ​each​ ​asana​ ​(posture).​ ​​ ​This​ ​takes​ ​time.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​a​ ​process​ ​that​ ​takes​ ​time​ ​to​ ​build​ ​and​ ​through that​ ​process​ ​you​ ​will​ ​gain​ ​strength,​ ​flexibility​ ​and​ ​stability.​ ​​ ​It​ ​can​ ​be​ ​accessed​ ​by​ ​all​ ​students​ ​at all​ ​levels​ ​as​ ​you​ ​all​ ​progress​ ​and​ ​flow​ ​at​ ​your​ ​pace.​ ​​ ​The​ ​best​ ​way​ ​to​ ​describe​ ​the​ ​classroom setting​ ​is​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​private​ ​lesson​ ​in​ ​a​ ​group​ ​setting.​ ​​ ​This​ ​method​ ​is​ ​how​ ​yoga​ ​was​ ​practiced for​ ​centuries.​ ​​ ​It​ ​creates​ ​a​ ​close​ ​relationship​ ​between​ ​the​ ​student​ ​and​ ​teacher​ ​as​ ​you​ ​progress through​ ​the​ ​series.

Try an Ashtanga yoga session if you want to:

Control your breathing.
Practice good alignment.
Improve your mental focus.