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The seminal treatise and guide to Ashtanga yoga by the master of this increasingly popular discipline

There is a yoga boom in America, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is at the heart of it. One of the great yoga figures of our time, Jois brought Ashtanga yoga to the West a quarter of a century ago and has been the driving force behind its worldwide dissemination. Based on flowing, energetic movement, Ashtanga and the many forms of vinyasa yoga that grow directly out of it—have become ...

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Yoga Mala: The Seminal Treatise and Guide from the Living Master of Ashtanga Yoga

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Overview

The seminal treatise and guide to Ashtanga yoga by the master of this increasingly popular discipline

There is a yoga boom in America, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is at the heart of it. One of the great yoga figures of our time, Jois brought Ashtanga yoga to the West a quarter of a century ago and has been the driving force behind its worldwide dissemination. Based on flowing, energetic movement, Ashtanga and the many forms of vinyasa yoga that grow directly out of it—have become the most widespread and influential styles of practice in the United States today.

Mala means "garland" in Sanskrit, and Yoga Mala—a "garland of yoga practice"—is Jois's distillation of Ashtanga. He first outlines the ethical principles and philosophy underlying the discipline and explains its important terms and concepts. Next he guides the reader through Ashtanga's versions of the Sun Salutation and its subsequent sequence of forty-two asanas, or poses, precisely describing how to execute each position and what benefits each provides.

Brought into English by Eddie Stern, a student of Jois's for twelve years and director of the Patanjali Yoga Shala in New York City, Yoga Mala will be an indispensable handbook for students and teachers of yoga for years to come.

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Long before there was a yoga boom, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois brought Ashtanga yoga to the West. The flowing, energetic movement of this yoga tradition has made it the most widespread and popular of styles in the United States today. Yoga Mala, which in Sanskrit means "a garland of yoga practice," presents the Ashtanga yoga both as a philosophical and ethical system and a fulfilling physical activity. Serious yet accessible, this treatise presents a trustworthy guide to an increasing popular system.
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"A treasure . . . Jois's discourses, at once authoritative and devout, [describe] the philosophy of yoga and the spiritual implications of its practice . . . For those who walk the Ashtanga path, this is the real thing."

-Yoga Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865476622
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST NORTH
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a master of Ashtanga Yoga and a professor of Sanskrit, studied for twenty-five years with T. Krishnamacharya. He passed away in 2009 at the age of ninety-three.

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YOGA MALA

YOGA ASANAS

The asanas that follow the Surya Namaskara should be practiced in the manner described below.

1. PADANGUSHTASANA

Padangushtasana has three vinyasas, of which the 2nd is the state of the asana (see figure).1

 

 

METHOD

First, stand up straight, inhaling through the nostrils deeply, jump the legs apart as much as half a foot, slowly let the breath out, reach down and take hold of the big toes, lift the head and chest up completely without bending the knees, and stay in position while inhaling; this is the 1st vinyasa. Then, letting the breath out, take in the lower abdomen, place the head in the region between the two knees, straighten the knees, and stay in position, doing puraka and rechaka as much as possible; this is the 2nd vinyasa (see figure).2 Next, inhaling, slowly lift the head, remaining in position with the fingers holding the big toes; this is the 3rd vinyasa. Then exhale and return to Samasthiti. While in the state of this asana, the lower abdomen should be drawn in and held tightly, and rechaka and puraka should be done slowly and as much as possible. This is the way to do Padangushtasana.

 

 

BENEFITS

Padangushtasana dissolves the fat of the lower abdomen, and purifies both the kanda, or egg-shaped nerve plexus in the anal region, and the rectum.

COPYRIGHT © 1999, 2002 BY SRI K. PATTABHI JOIS

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