Ashtanga vinyasa yoga it is based on the Yoga korunta texts. Sri T. Krishna Nama Acharia wrote and what he learned personally from his guru Rama Mojan Brahmachari . XX S. Afterwards Krishna Nama Acharia taught it to its disciples Indra Devi (1899-2002), B. K. S. Iyengar
(1918-), Sri Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and his son T. K. V. Desikachar (1938-). These master taught it in the west.
The first serie of asanas in Ashtanga Yoga it is also called Yoga Chikitsa, witch means Yoga Therapy. If you perform this practice regularly, you do not just heal the physical body, but also the spirit. And it allows you to develop and intensify your concentration, thoughts and the control and purification of the mind.
There are 6 series in total; the first detoxify and align the body, the second purifes the nervous system, the third includes the strength and the grace in the practice, therefore you gain a high level of flexibility and humility. The last two ones are not published.
Every series must be fully accomplished and developed, and perfectly known before you continue with the next one. The order of the Asanas must be one after the other, and must be performed before you continue with the next one. Every Asana prepares your for the next one, developing the strength and the balance. This practice opens your channels and allows the energy to flow through your body, turning your mind more lucid, clear and accurate.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic type of Yoga, this means, that the Asanas are performed one after the other. This practice produces inner warm, and sweat. And this heat purifes the muscles and organs eliminating toxins and allowing the body to recover. In Ashtanga you need elasticity and strength, and it is recommended for those who want to loose weight and gain strength and elasticity.