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FREE! PDF Yoga Makaranda by Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Mysore Samasthan Acharya. , English translation FREE! PDF Yoga Makaranda Part II by . Staying inspired to practice yoga at home not easy! Here are my favorite ashtanga yoga books to help you stay motivated with your home. Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author.

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The book details relevant techniques on breathing, asana, bandha and drishti. It offers insight into the practical application of Yoga philosophy with information on the chakra, granthi, nadi and the Yoga sutras of Patanjali.

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The photographic section includes the asana for each sequence plus all of the variations for the movements and breaths between each posture. This is a one of a kind map to the traditional vinyasa method. Astanga Yoga As It Is provides an exploration of both the physical and mental aspects of the practice. It aims to shed light on some core yoga concepts and relevant self development principles. However, this book is not a "how to do it" manual.

It does cover the main points of the tradition including many of the unspoken conditions that dominate the Mysore method. As It Is aims to promote a questioning attitude to the practice, to examine and integrate its many qualities. As the physical practice evolves there should be a natural and healthy interest in the mental and emotional processes that go with it. Then he breaks down the expression into its individual words and gives an English translation of each word.

Indeed he often gives several possible English equivalents for each Sanskrit word. Then he gives his English translation of the aphorism. In this way the reader can judge the fidelity of Iyengar's expression. Better yet, the reader can have reference to another translation and compare the results, and in doing so, come to a fuller appreciation of Patanjali's sometimes enigmatic words.

Finally there are Iyengar's commentaries on each of the aphorisms, some of which cover several pages. Occasionally Iyengar gives tables for further clarification; indeed there are 18 tables and diagrams spread throughout the text.

The sutras and commentary are framed with an Introduction, an Epilogue and four Appendices. There is a Glossary and an Index.

Gates synthesizes his experiences as a yoga student and teacher, former army ranger, and recovering alcoholic, and explores the practice of yoga in a fresh, relevant manner perfect for American readers. Each day's reflection begins with a thought-provoking quote and then explores one intriguing aspect of yoga philosophy.

Gates weaves stories of his own remarkable healing and growth with the yoga sutras of Patanjali, and provides illuminating and moving explanations of how yoga teachings apply to real-life situations. With the help of accomplished writer Kenison, Gates succeeds in taking readers beyond the mat, and showing them how yoga works as a tool for transformation.

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Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson. Whether new to Ashtanga or an experienced student or teacher, readers will find this book to be invaluable. It contains over photos and multiple variations for every asana in the primary and intermediate series plus three short forms. Its spiral binding assures easy use while practicing and the hard cover increases durability. Overall Height - Top to Bottom: Overall Width - Side to Side: Overall Depth - Front to Back: Overall Product Weight: Get A Copy.

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Strongest feature is that for each posture, a number of alternative versions are suggested for students who can't accomplish the full posture. Many detailed photos and motivational insights.

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual

The spiral-bound format is useful for practioners. Some aspects of the layout are a little cheesy, and editing is not great many misspellings and grammatical errors , but these are outweighed by the good points. Mar 13, D rated it really liked it. Liked the emphasis on 'practice,' the explanation of the basics: Helpful manual!

Aug 02, Monet rated it really liked it Shelves: In Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, David Swenson provides step-by-step illustrations for primary, intermediate, and advanced postures. I could appreciate how the author took the time to explain every step, term, and yoga pose.

The chart that defined the eight aspects of yoga and little things such as explaining the meanings of the Sanskrit words made it easier to follow along with the instructions. On In Ashtanga Yoga: One of the added features I found surprising was the description of where the drishti would be in each posture. Sometimes not looking in a certain direction can mean the difference between a kink in my neck and no pain in a pose.

Having the drishti assigned to each pose gave me a new focus and something to work on in the future. Even though there were many photographs in the book that demonstrated different variations of the postures, it could have been even better to feature more of them.

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The way I see it, the more pictures, the better the book can be. In general, I found this book to be an informative and easy-to-read guide for all levels. The organization was consistent, and I liked how the same amount of instruction was provided for each posture. Mar 01, Lindsey Jarrett rated it it was amazing Shelves: A great manual that I was gifted by two amazing yoga studio owners.

Great for anyone who loves the Ashtanga practice to get a breakdown of the series. Really easy to follow and has literally been by my side many times in front of my mat. The perfect buddy when developing your practice. And David Swenson is wonderful. Great energy, so much knowledge. Apr 21, Carrie Ridgeway marked it as to-read Recommended to Carrie by: Received as a wonderful Mother's Day gift ! Feb 03, Goncalo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Best practice manual I've seen - simple, clear and good photos.

Aug 26, Sarah rated it it was amazing. This is a great reference, in addition to few mores, for those on the Ashtanga yoga path. It remains a constant reference that I go back to very often as it is written in a clear and straightforward language. Sep 01, Kris rated it it was amazing. Absolutely fantastic. I felt like I was holding the field manual for going to yoga teacher training with Pattabhi K.

David Swenson is an amazing source of information and his asana practice is out of this world. An ultimate resource for teachers and serious practitioners of Ashtanga. Glad I downloadd. May 22, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: An ashtanga reference manual I will go back too often. David Swenson is the kind of teacher I wish I had more face to face contact with. He is the embodiment of pure joy and not taking yourself too seriously.

Yoga is for everyone and you use it to your ability. Aug 14, Kim Cataldo rated it it was amazing. This is a fantastic resource, it specifically shows step-by-step instructions for each pose and most importantly it gives you the breathe exercise to go with you to pose.

It also includes modifications for each pose, which is good because every day is different. Jun 04, Helen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great to have pictures and clear explanations of the poses. Jul 15, Andrea Powell rated it it was amazing.

This was the first Ashtanga book I read that offered attainable variations to postures. Jun 19, Lindsay rated it it was amazing Shelves: I got some good tips out of this book for my practice in general, as well as to use during the primary series. Jan 28, Annie Vu rated it it was amazing. It turns out to be the Practice Manual exactly as I hoped it to be.

Neither too short or too long, concise, in spiral bound, with lots of big clear pictures of each step.