Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series: Mythology, Anatomy, and Practice

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New World Library, Jun 25, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 232 pages
In this much-anticipated follow-up to his first book, Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy, Gregor Maehle offers a detailed and multifaceted guide to Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate Series. An expert yogi and teacher, Maehle will guide you to your next level with an unprecedented depth of anatomical explanation and unparalleled attention to the practice’s philosophical and mythological heritage. You will learn: • The background and applications of each of the three forms of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana • How to use Indian myth and cosmology to deepen your practice • The importance of the Sanskrit language to the yogic tradition • The mythology behind the names of the Intermediate Series postures • The functions and limitations of body parts integral to the Intermediate Series, including the spine, the sacroiliac joint, the shoulder joint, and the hip joint • How to reap the full benefits of practicing the Intermediate Series Maehle meticulously explores all twenty-seven postures of the Intermediate Series through photos, anatomical line drawings, and practical, informative sidebars. He also discusses the philosophical and spiritual background of Ashtanga Yoga and places the practice within the context of Indian cultural history. With passionate erudition, Maehle will prepare you to reap physical, spiritual, and mental fulfillment from your evolving practice.
 

Contents

The Three Forms of Yoga
3
The Antiquity of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
53
Understanding the Capabilities
59
Respiratory Movements and the Breath
79
Reaping the Benefits of the Intermediate Series
87
Second Connective Section
128
LegBehindHead Sequence
134
Third Connective Section
148
Fourth Connective Section
166
Backbending CoolDown and Relaxation Postures
186
Bibliography
197
About the Author
209
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Gregor Maehle has studied yoga since 1982, focusing on Ashtanga yoga since 1990. In 1997 Shri K. Pattabhi Jois authorized him to teach Ashtanga Yoga. He is the cofounder and director of 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga studio in Perth, Australia, where he lives.

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