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21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice Paperback – May 9, 2011
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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'
The book is personal, she's telling you why she chose to practice Ashtanga, (that's pretty much the title of Chapter four).Read more ›
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.
Altucher's advice, and the sharing of her own experience, is wonderful and I found a lot of self-confirmation concerning the commitment I am making after reading her work. That said, there are two issues that greatly (and unnecessarily) detract from the book. One, this work would have benefited, in a big way, by having an editor. It is literally rife with spelling and grammatical errors. Perhaps this will not bother some, but my graduate degree is in English and I am a free lance editor, so this kind of thing makes me cringe. For me, it rather takes away from the seriousness and pride of a work when it is not refined/proofread. Second, and less of an issue, is the rather lengthy section about how to find the right partner in your life. To me, yoga is about getting more acquainted with oneself. Furthermore, many of her readers are already married or in successful relationships. It is not a bad section. The advice is good, but it just seems out of place somehow.
Even with the aforementioned complaints, however, I give the book 4 stars because it is a sincere attempt to open up the possibilities of Ashtanga for newcomers. I feel more enriched after having read it and all the extra links the author provides are a bonus. Ultimately, this is a testament to the benefits of the practice and a "what to expect" for those of us who aren't yet sure just what we are getting into. If you are interested in Ashtanga, this really is a must read. It offers a wealth of resources and advice...
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a lot of practical advice and thoughts as well as what I call 'little golden nuggets' to fuel your practice. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by cc
This is one I'll be coming back to again. There is a huge learning curve with Ashtanga and yoga in general - Claudia does exquisite job of collecting and communicating many... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Beaux
Easy read I felt like Claudia was speaking directly to me. I started practicing Asthanga yoga in 2012 and quit after six months ,I use my work schedule as an excuse. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting to read someone's experiences before you start your journey.Published 21 months ago by Monica
The book was super entertaining, and full of useful information. Loved reading it!!Published 22 months ago by Leanne Mollins
A pleasure to read! I've been doing Ashtanga for about six months and this was both an excellent resource and just plain fun and interesting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Puffy Elvis
I do not know C.A.A. but this book made me to like her. Her lively personality came through every page. She has an unique writing voice. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Wintryway