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Ashtanga Yoga

Practice and Philosophy
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
September, 2007
ISBN:
9781577316060
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$37.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

To the first and foremost of all teachers, who has been known by various names… and who, after all names are left behind, is still there as the incomprehensible, luminous, vibrant, silent, vast emptiness in my heart.

Ashtanga differs from other yoga disciplines because it focuses on vinyasa, a practice that uses postures and breathing to create heat in the body and thus increase circulation and flexibility. This comprehensive book integrates the two leading ashtanga approaches: Jois’s ashtanga vinyasa yoga and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. The first half of Ashtanga Yoga presents a complete guide to the practice, “a comprehensive description of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, Following the Traditional Vinyasa Count.” More than 50 postures are given clear and meticulous explanations, aided by photos, line drawings, and sidebars providing anatomical details, practical tips, mythological background, and “yogic context.” The second half of the book begins with the history and lineage of yoga. It then presents an extensive commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which describes the path of ashtanga yoga and shows how it can be a realistic and rewarding one for modern practitioners.

The central theme… For yoga practice to be successful, there can be no separation of practice and philosophy… In fact the Yoga Sutra suggests that philosophical enquiry—svadhyaya, or vichara as Shankara calls it—is itself a form of practice, and an essential ingredient of the path to freedom.

This book is dedicated to bringing the two aspects back together and to restoring what historically was one system, lost through the lapse of time.

Gregor Maehle has studied yoga for over 25 years. In 1997, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois authorized him to teach ashtanga yoga. He lives in Australia.

Publisher’s Description: 

Ashtanga differs from other yoga disciplines because it focuses on "vinyasa," a practice that uses postures and breathing to create heat in the body and thus increase circulation and flexibility. This comprehensive book integrates the two leading ashtanga approaches: Jois's ashtanga vinyasa yoga and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. The first half of the book presents a complete guide to the practice of ashtanga yoga. More than 50 postures are given clear and meticulous explanations, aided by photos, line drawings, and sidebars providing anatomical details, practical tips, mythological background, and "yogic context." The second half of the book begins with the history and lineage of yoga. It then presents an extensive commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which describe the path of ashtanga yoga and show why it is a realistic and rewarding one for modern practitioners.Ashtanga Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures, producing internal heat and a purifying sweat. This detoxifies muscles and organs for improved circulation, a lighter, stronger body, and a calm mind. This comprehensive guide clearly and meticulously explains over fifty postures, with photos and line drawings. Dozens of sidebars highlight anatomical details, practical tips, and insights into the philosophy and mythology behind yoga practices. A section on yoga history, with commentary on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, is also included. 320 pp.

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