Ashtanga Yoga: Practice & Philosophy (Google eBook)

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New World Library, Feb 9, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
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Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through: • the history and lineage of yoga • the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement) • a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count • a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's ancient sacred text • a glossary of yoga terminology In the asana section, Maehle describes each posture with clear, meticulous instructions, photographs, anatomical illustrations, and practical tips. Information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures brings further insight to the practice. In the philosophy section, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra using the major ancient commentaries as well as his own insights. This volume makes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to modern practitioners. Both practical guide and spiritual treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is an excellent introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and an invaluable resource for any yoga teacher or practitioner.
  

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User Review  - Adam Centurione - Goodreads

A great introduction into Ashtanga Yoga, and Yoga in general. Descriptions of Asanas are adequate, review of Patanjali's sutras are insightful. A humble demeanor provides concise instruction and encouragement in Ashtanga yoga. Read full review

Review: Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy

User Review  - Adam Centurione - Goodreads

Practice and Philosophy is a great book. Intimidating at first, I quickly warmed to its humble demeanor. With an introduction making some notes, the first half of the book convers the primary series ... Read full review

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Page 11 - Both the mind and the breath are united together, like milk and water; and both of them are equal in their activities. Mind begins its activities where there is the breath, and the Parana begins its activities where there is the mind.
Page 15 - Converting the ordinary vision into one of knowledge one should view the world as brahman (consciousness) itself. That is the noblest vision and not that which is directed to the tip of the nose."13 Vinya \sa Vinyasa Yoga is a system of yoga specifically designed for householders.

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Gregor Maehle has studied yoga since 1982, focusing on Ashtanga yoga since 1990. In 1997 Shri K. Pattabhi Jois authorized him to teach Ashtanga Yoga. He is the cofounder and director of 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga studio in Perth, Australia, where he lives.

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