Friday, June 27, 2014

Sharath is the boss - Astanga Yoga Anusthana

Finally the book 'Astanga Yoga Anusthana' by R. Sharath Jois  arrived.

One can order the book from India, from the shala, but then one must order 50 books.
Good that we have Eddie Stern. One can buy a single book via Eddie's shop.

I got mine today. I love the book. That's simplicity. That's the core. Every sentence makes sense. Not a single word is redundant.

Oh, it's about Ashtanga yoga, primary series. I hope another book will follow covering second series and then third and forth.

My bibles so far were the book by Mr Sweeney and the book by Mr Miele. Yet both books showed differences re the asanas, the numbers of breaths in some asanas.

This book here gives an orientation.

Quickly I looked up the following asanas:

1. Paschimottanasana. There is dandasana and then 2 forms of paschimottanasana (holding the toes and holding the wrist)
2. Garbha pindasana (role 5 to seven times). There is a certain flexibility.
3. Baddha konasana: there are 2 forms. In the first asans the chin is on the floor, in the second asana the front is close to the feet.
4. Urdhva dhanurasana: It's not obligatory to come up from this pose or to drop back in order to move to second series. Yet urdhva dhanurasna is part of first series.
5. Closing sequence: There is no vinyasa between the poses. One moves from one pose to the next. This is how we practice it. Interesting is also that no pose is held for 24 breaths, yet only for 10 breaths.
6. At the end we rest. This is called 'sukhasana' and not savasana.

BTW: Ansuthana means performance, execution........

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