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Ashtanga Yoga was developed by K. Pattabhi Jois. This style embodies Pattanjali's view that purification of the soul and body can be achieved through eight spiritual practices. The lyama, niyama, asana, and pranayama limbs of yoga are external, cleansing and strengthening practices. Meanwhile, the pratyahara, dharana, dhyana limbs are internal. These can be developed through proper Ashtanga practice.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|