Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series: Mythology, Anatomy, by Gregor Maehle

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By Gregor Maehle

During this much-anticipated follow-up to his first ebook, Ashtanga Yoga: perform and Philosophy, Gregor Maehle deals a close and multifaceted consultant to Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate sequence. a professional yogi and instructor, Maehle will consultant you in your subsequent point with an extraordinary intensity of anatomical clarification and unprecedented consciousness to the practice’s philosophical and mythological background. you are going to learn:* The historical past and purposes of every of the 3 types of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana
* how you can use Indian delusion and cosmology to deepen your practice
* the significance of the Sanskrit language to the yogic tradition
* The mythology at the back of the names of the Intermediate sequence postures
* The services and boundaries of physique elements essential to the Intermediate sequence, together with the backbone, the sacroiliac joint, the shoulder joint, and the hip joint
* how one can obtain the complete merits of practising the Intermediate SeriesMaehle meticulously explores all twenty-seven postures of the Intermediate sequence via photographs, anatomical line drawings, and functional, informative sidebars. He additionally discusses the philosophical and religious historical past of Ashtanga Yoga and locations the perform in the context of Indian cultural background. With passionate erudition, Maehle will arrange you to harvest actual, non secular, and psychological success out of your evolving perform.

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The term yoga is a common word in the Sanskrit language—the language in which most of the Yoga scriptures are written. ” The male practitioner of Yoga is known as a yogin (or yogi in the nominative case) and the female practitioner as a yogini. Frequent synonyms are yoga-vid (“knower of Yoga”) and yukta (“yoked one”). Sometimes the word yoga-yuj (“one who is yoked in Yoga”) is used. A master of Yoga may be referred to as a yoga-raj (“king of Yoga”) or yogendra (from yoga and indra, meaning “lord”).

Yoga grows through Yoga. He who is attentive toward Yoga long delights in Yoga. 6) Many centuries earlier, the Mahabharata epic expressed the same idea in these words: He who does not know the meaning of a book carries only a burden; but he who knows the reality behind a book’s meaning, for him the teaching of that book is not in vain. 25) The Yoga tradition has a large and diversified literature to which Western Yoga enthusiasts have added a huge volume of books. So long as the knowledge communicated in those books is not translated into practical experience, it remains barren.

This is indeed the great message of all forms of Yoga: Happiness is our essential nature, and our perpetual quest for happiness is fulfilled only when we realize who we truly are. This realization is an awakening to our Selfhood, which transcends the body-mind, the ego-personality, and the horizon of the world reflected in our ordinary experience. All this, and more, is captured in the word yoga. The term yoga is a common word in the Sanskrit language—the language in which most of the Yoga scriptures are written.

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