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Yoga Mala [Paperback]

S Jois
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Oct. 1 2002
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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"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

About 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading Sept. 26 2002
This is one of the essential yoga texts. No serious yoga student can be without it. It was originally published privately in a short run a few years back and sold thousands of copies with no advertising. The new edition has a helpful new forward by the translator that gives more in-depth info on how Jois came to study yoga inthe 1920's. Beautifully designed, flawlessly translated, and amazing historical photographs. With all the silly yoga books out there, we should be grateful that Jois and some others still maintain high standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master's Voice Aug. 3 2014
By K8Mac
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This is required reading for all serious students in the Astanga Yoga lineage. Patabhi Jois speaks about the practice and philosophy of "Patanjali Yoga". The Primary Sequence is presented with photos of Patabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath performing the asanas.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable classic Nov. 24 2013
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Well, Yoga Mala is not a fun read. One has to keep in mind that it is a classic text, based on a system of knowledge that is quite different from what contemporary science makes available to us. The nutrition information is quite amusing, with advise to avoid vegetables and eat sugar, milk, wheat and ghee... The description of the Asanas also is demanding read as Jois, after an initial description, refers to numbered vinyasas in the sun salutations rather than to a full description of the movements involved in each. It is understandable as the full description would rapidly become cumbersome but, for the reader, it is quite the mental gymnastic. The reader also gets instructed in how sexual activity is permitted only when one is partly congested... and only from the male perspective. However, there are many positive aspects to this text. For one, Jois emphasise that yoga is for everyone with a clear inclusion of women. He also insists on the importance of learning under the guidance of a qualified teacher. After doing yoga for a while, I cannot agree enough with this as poorly supervised practice seems like the perfect recipe for injury. Overall, I recommend the text for people interested in developing a culture in yoga rather than just using it for fitness. Keeping the text in its context will help with its outdated aspects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful June 18 2013
By Nicole
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For any sincere student of yoga and especially those looking to expand their horizons, I recommend this book. Sri Jois teachings on the practice and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga will relax your mind and open your heart to the Mysore style self practice method. A powerful practice that will bring you strength, flexibility, and inner peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Mala Jan. 14 2013
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An excellent source of information clearly explaining the basics of ashtanga roots to deepening the practice . Reads like a novel!
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