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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461147743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461147749
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Claudia Azula Altucher is a writer and a teacher of yoga. She is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book: "The Power of No" (HayHouse 2014) and author of "21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice".

She is the host of The Yoga Podcast (www.TheYogaPodcast.com).

She writes for many media outlets, including Thought Catalog, Mantra Yoga + Health, and Positively Positive.

Claudia also runs yoga and spiritual retreats around the country. Her blog Earthyogi.blogspot.com (or ClaudiaYoga.com) has attracted over 2.3 million visitors since inception. Join her on Twitter @ClaudiaYoga.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed this book quite a bit and read it quickly.
happycritter
Enjoyed this very much, also made me laugh..learned quite a bit just by reading this... Now I just have to get practicing!!
Ruthann
A must read for anyone starting a yoga practice or already in one with questions on ashtanga.
ivana

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Hall on July 8, 2011
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Anyone who's stuck with my blog over the years has probably figured out that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Ashtanga ( for hate read, frustration and irritation), every now and again I tend to bang my head against it. It was during one of these ...more negative periods that Claudia brought out her book and I immediately switched over to feelin' the love again as a result of reading it, it reminded me why I love the practice.

Claudia's own passion for the practice is infectious, it's on almost every page. Yet despite that passion there's also an openness that I respect immensely. As a blogger herself Claudia's come up against questions and criticisms regarding the practice both on her own blog and those on which she contributes through comments. She's aware of what makes people uncomfortable or perhaps suspicious at times and is always respectful in her response, she is constantly exploring the practice and trying to understand it a little more herself.

In the book that translates as respect for her readers.

She doesn't just throw information about the practice at you, she invites you in, she doesn't avoid the difficult questions, she often struggles with them too. Her book is a guide to pretty much everything surrounding the practice ( and more besides ) but she's also a fellow traveller, she wants to share her view of the practice but her curiosity comes through, she wants to hear your view too.

The last section is called...

'Keep in touch'

Claudia shares.

The book is personal, she's telling you why she chose to practice Ashtanga, (that's pretty much the title of Chapter four).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Asphodelia on June 24, 2012
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Before you pick up a Kindle copy of 21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice, be aware that this is not a the kind of yoga book written by one of the well-known western gurus such as John Scott, David Swenson or Richard Freeman, but more like a comprehensive collection of material from Claudia Azula's blog as well as some previously unavailable content. Therefore, the overall tone of this book is slightly amateur and a little bit disjointed. But this is exactly what makes it perfect for beginners, and for `beginners', Azula includes anyone who has been practising Ashtanga for less than a decade or so. Ashtanga is most certainly not a practice to learn in a week-long intensive course at some Ashram.

Personally, I have been practising Ashtanga for just over two years, with several long injury-related breaks in between. Although I have read a few other books about yoga and Ashtanga prior to this, I found 21 Things very refreshing in its approach and Azula's simple, practical advice actually inspired to make some changes to my practice - such as trying to practice early in the morning before work.

On a few occasions, as someone with a basic knowledge of Ashtanga I disagreed with the author; for example, she advocates a rigorous practice of 6 days a week, with Saturdays off. I worry that a beginner reading this book might be put off by such a daunting schedule; even David Swenson, in his `Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual' suggests that it is better for someone new to the practice to start with small goals and practice more regularly 2-3 times a week rather than trying to do too much to only then feel overwhelmed and give up altogether.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susanne C. on May 19, 2012
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I am very pleased with this little book. I thought that a lot of it wouldn't appeal or apply to an older woman with a neuromuscular disorder which makes simple yoga a challenge, and absolutely no intention of ever going to Mysore, but at the price and with all the great reviews I gave it a try.
I am glad that I did. It is well written, (could use some proofreading for grammatical slips, nothing big) interesting, educational, and very inspiring when it comes down to urging the reader to just commit to practicing. The author definitely lives on the fringe of yoga practice, she admits to being more involved than most of us will want or be able to be, but she manages to be inspiring rather than off-putting like so many accomplished yoginis.
A valuable and fascinating read. Highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By happycritter on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and read it quickly. The format of lists is fun, concise and accessible. I especially found the quotes inspiring, thought provoking and enlightening. I have marked many by the author and by others to return too. The quote "If you don't have a fever and nothing is broken, then get on the mat and do what you can." particularly resonates for me. It has already helped to build my fledgeling home practice. If your passion is yoga, especially Ashtanga but not necessarily Ashtanga, this book is a great resource as well as a lot of fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Ordonez on December 13, 2013
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In this book you won't only learn a lot about the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, it'll also give you many great reminders and tools on how to be a better human being, doing things that are good for the soul, making us happier, more peaceful, grateful and healthier.

I love the part where the author says "Yoga didn't make life easier, but it gave me a better set of choices and tools on how to deal with dramatic events". I so agree!! Yoga helps us in every area of our lives, it makes us stronger not only on the outside (body), but more importantly on the inside (mind, emotions, thought processes, values, inner peace and so on), it lights up the spirit.

Claudia is inspiring me to meditate longer and to practice yoga more often, forgetting excuses and just committing to it. If you need a little push and/or life orientation toward a better life, this book is perfect for you.

There are tips for finding love, losing weight, travel tips on India, a list of recommendations to get started on yoga, her personal life lessons, tips to survive a financial crisis and so on... the amount of value she gives in this book is amazing.

Thank you for such a treat Claudia!
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