In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs"
These eight limbs/steps (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi) basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
This method of yoga is known to the modern world thanks to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). The practice involves synchronizing breath with movement which produces internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
"The full ashtanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom within one's heart" - Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
In the classes we will consider the 5 core pillars of ashtanga practice: Asana, Vinyasa, Ujjai breath, Dristi and Bandhas.