The rigorous and disciplined practice of Ashtanga yoga was first developed in Mysore, India, and introduced to the West in the 1970s by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The practice consists of six series of Ashtanga yoga poses: Primary: known as yoga chikitsa, or yoga therapy, this series of Ashtanga yoga poses centers around forward bends. Second/Intermediate: known as nadi shodhana, meaning nerve cleansing, this series focuses primarily on backbends. Advanced A, B, C, and D: known as sthira bhaga, or…