Ashtanga Yoga: Advanced A & B Series
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An historic presentation of the original Advanced A & B series never before documented. On this DVD you will find the original Advanced A and B Series of Ashtanga Yoga as demonstrated by some of it's first Western practitioners. The postures flow with grace and poise from one to the next in an exquisite symphony of movement. This historic DVD is filmed on the island of Maui and set to music. It is a visual feast of natures beauty and a sincere portrayal of an advanced level of yoga practice rarely seen.
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These asanas and the performance by these very advanced practitioners are truly a sight to behold, poetry in motion.
I find it is a wonderful tape to watch just before doing my actual practice because it is so inspiring.
It is beautifully filmed (both in terms of the location and camera quality) which makes it a pleasure to watch from a visual perspective. It also has beautiful yet subtle background music which adds to the overall viewing experience.
One little note, there are two out-takes at the end of the credits where you get to see these amazing yogis struggle with and fall out of some poses. It shows not only that they are only human (which after watching them perform the asanas in this series may be hard to believe :)) but that there is a sense of humor underlying their practice along with their obvious dedication.
This video is a must-have for any yoga practitioner, especially those students of Ashtanga Yoga. I know all of the participants very well, and have practiced extensively with them all -- except Robert Boustany. I am in the closing credits as "Location Manager" having made arrangements for the segments shot at a private estate on North Shore Maui. This video distills thousands of hours of practice and teaching by some very advanced long-tme Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners, and it is a pleasure to behold what folks were able to do who were all at least in their '50s (at the time this video was shot in the late '90s). Awesome.
I recommend all the Swenson products. His ashtanga manual is really well laid out. Good for practice with the spiral binding.