By Gregor Maehle
Ashtanga Yoga: perform and Philosophy is the 1st booklet of its variety, proposing a finished consultant to all 8 limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. sign up for writer Gregor Maehle, a professional yogi and compassionate instructor, as he courses you thru the heritage and lineage of yoga; the basics of breath, bandhas (energy locks in the body), drishti (the point of interest of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement); an in depth breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga fundamental sequence, following the normal vinyasa count number; a full of life and genuine rendering of the whole Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's historical sacred textual content; and a word list of yoga terminology.
within the asana part, Maehle describes each one posture with transparent, meticulous directions, images, anatomical illustrations, and sensible advice. info at the mythological historical past and yogic context of particular postures brings additional perception to the perform. within the philosophy part, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra utilizing the most important historic commentaries in addition to his personal insights.
This quantity makes the total direction of Ashtanga Yoga available to fashionable practitioners. either sensible consultant and non secular treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is a superb creation to the 8 limbs of yoga and a useful source for any yoga instructor or practitioner.
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