By Gregor Maehle
Ashtanga Yoga: perform and Philosophy is the 1st e-book of its type, proposing a entire 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 background 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); a close breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga fundamental sequence, following the conventional vinyasa count number; a full of life and genuine rendering of the total Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's historical sacred textual content; and a thesaurus of yoga terminology.
within the asana part, Maehle describes each one posture with transparent, meticulous directions, pictures, anatomical illustrations, and functional information. details 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 key historical commentaries in addition to his personal insights.
This quantity makes the whole course of Ashtanga Yoga obtainable to trendy practitioners. either useful advisor and non secular treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is a wonderful advent to the 8 limbs of yoga and a useful source for any yoga instructor or practitioner.
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