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Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual Hardcover – Illustrated, August 20, 2007
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- Publisher : Ashtanga Yoga Productions; 2nd edition (August 20, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 263 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1891252089
- ISBN-13 : 978-1891252082
- Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.1 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
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If you are looking for a deeper analysis of all the asanas, the vinyasa count as well as some Ashtanga yoga philosophy, I would recommend checking out Gregor Maehle's "Ashtanga Yoga: Practice & Philosophy" which breaks the postures down on an anatomical level and has an in depth commentary/translation of the yoga sutras by Patanjali. Also Pattabi Jois' "Yoga Mala" will give you a deeper insight as to the benefits of each posture as he learned them from Krishnamacharya and talks more about the therapeutic benefits of each of the asanas.
- It's a binder book so pages are easy to flip
- Each position in the series is shown visually in a variety of levels: the final level to aim for, and the "easier" levels to aim for if you are not there yet. This makes the book very safe and appropriate for beginners. And also less discouraging.
- In addition to the full photos of the above, you get step by step procedures and transitions, as well as guidelines on what to work on while you are in the position.
Downsides: I wish it was less heavy and came in color. Ideally there should be a Kindle version for traveling and audio playlist for each position, so that you can practice on the go. Right now the book is too heavy to travel with.
The book is very well organized. There is an index to look up a specific pose, in the Sanskrit names, but on each page it gives the names in English also. The photos illustrating each pose are black and white, but are very clear. This book may be old, but it is a classic, the information never goes out of date. It can be used just as easily today.
I really like that it's spiral bound, so I can lay it out flat next to my mat for reference.
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I really enjoyed initially reading through this book before putting some of the techniques and postures into practice, i found that I learnt a lot about the nature of yoga and its benefits as well as the safest way to practice it.
The book offers numerous postures and with each posture it offers different levels of difficulty, meaning that you can build you strength and confidence slowly.
The book offers routines of varying time scales, however this book has helped me to construct my own routines to suit my needs.
I would recommend this book to everyone wanting to learn ashtanga yoga but lacks confidence on where to start.