Ashtanga Yoga for Beginner's Mind

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Nov 15, 2014 - 148 pages
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Ashtanga for Beginners Mind is a guide to the practice of the primary series with a section on shamatha meditation and commentary on how each practice informs the other. While the book is appropriate for all levels of students and gives instruction at the most advanced level, emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining "beginner's mind."Rather than focusing on a direct and linear approach, Ashtanga for Beginners explores variations to certain postures that are not traditionally offered in the Ashtanga system. This makes the practice accessible to a wider audience. It is sometimes assumed that Ashtanga practice is only for the young and fit; the approach offered here seeks to deny that assumption.Based on years of teaching beginners, the methods described here have successfully taken total beginners into the traditional postures in a surprisingly short period of time.The balanced approach offered here keeps in mind the realities of modern life, in which a yoga student may not have the option to practice the recommended six days a week. By adapting the approach, the practice is still available to those who have the motivation, but not necessarily the time or physical capacity.Offering instruction on shamatha, the book is of interest to yogis who may wish to undertake a meditation practice. It will also interest those who already have a meditation practice, and wish to develop an asana practice to help settle their meditation posture for deeper stability.Venturing from the traditional approach to Ashtanga, the focus is not on perfecting the postures but rather on using the practice as a tool to prepare the body for sitting meditation. This book is especially valuable for yoga practitioners who wish you develop a meditation practice, and for meditators who wish to add a more embodied dimension to their meditation practice.

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Kim Roberts, MAWhile earning a Master's degree in Psychology from Naropa University Kim was inspired by the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and discovered Buddhist meditation. Within a week of discovering dharma, she met her yoga teacher and mentor, Richard Freeman. She studied intensively with him for over two decades.In 2004, after spending a year studying in Mysore, South India, Pattabhi Jois gave his authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga. While in India, she also studied intensively with Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, a prominent Sanskrit scholar and Yoga Acharya, and helped him edit his book, Yoga Bhumika.These days, she visits regularly with her primary teacher, the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, studying classic Tibetan meditation texts, and also spends time each year in solitary meditation retreat in order to practice these instructions. She leads retreats sharing yoga, meditation and creative writing as tools for personal development throughout South Asia. She also maintains a private counselling and coaching practice, in person and via Skype.She divides her time between Chiang Rai, Thailand and Crestone, Colorado. Learn more at: www.toolsforevolution.org

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