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on September 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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on November 24, 2013
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 Keeping the text in its context will help with its outdated aspects.
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on June 18, 2013
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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on August 3, 2014
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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on January 14, 2013
An excellent source of information clearly explaining the basics of ashtanga roots to deepening the practice . Reads like a novel!
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on April 17, 2015
must have for Ashtanga yogis.
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