Yoga Mala: The Original Teachings of Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Reviews

Yoga Mala: The Original Teachings of Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Yoga Mala: The Original Teachings of Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

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

One of the great yoga figures of our time, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois brought Ashtanga yoga to the West more than thirty years ago. Based on flowing, energetic movement coordinated with the breath, Ashtanga and the many forms of vinyasa yoga that grow directly out of it have become the most widespread and influential styles practiced today.

Yoga Mala—a “garland of yoga”—is Jois?

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  1. James E. White says:
    54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lays the ground work for a strong Ashtanga practice, January 4, 2005
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    James E. White (Oak Park, IL) –
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    This review is from: Yoga Mala (Paperback)

    I found this book to be an excellent source on both the philosophy of Ashtanga yoga as well as a great how to of moving from one asana to the next in the Primary Series. Do not buy this book if you are trying to learn the Primary Series from a book. Although the level of detail in this book is great, Ashtanga is better learn watching/learning from a live person, or if you are really pressed for money and/or do not have an Ashtanga teacher near you get a good video (David Swenson, Richard Freeman, John Scott, and others have excellent tapes out). With that said, this book is a wonderful reference tool and offers exact breath counts. In Ashtanga, every movement is associated with a breath, this book provides information on how to get in and out of every posture in the primary series following the breath (i.e. how many inhalations and exhalations should be accomplished moving between postures). This book also offers great detail as it relates to living the yoga you practice. While I may not agree with Jois’ entire philosophy, it is a great deal of knowledge to be gained from this book. This book is a must read if you are an Ashtanga practioner or teacher. This book will help you deepen your practice both physically and spiritually. I would also suggest this book for anyone curious about the philosophy of Ashtanga yoga.

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  2. Daniel McGuire says:
    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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    Essential reading, September 26, 2002
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    Daniel McGuire (NYC) –

    This review is from: Yoga Mala (Paperback)

    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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  3. Nicole Ann Wilson says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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    yoga mala, September 30, 2007
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    Nicole Ann Wilson (los angeles) –
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    This review is from: Yoga Mala (Paperback)

    This book is a must for ashtanga practitioners, having been written by the guru of this form of yoga, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. The forward by Eddie Stern provides an interesting background of the life of Pattabhi Jois and how he came to teach western students.
    The opening chapter describes what is meant by ‘ashtanga’ (eight limbs) of yoga, with valuable information regarding yogic philosophy, lifestyle and dietary concerns, quoting from the ancient texts.
    Following is a detailed description of the vinyasa/asana practice.
    Ashtanga is a challenging and methodical practice of yoga, with emphasis on correct method; from the first sun salutation to the final resting position, there is exact placement of the gaze, the timing of the breath, and sequence of movement.
    Those with an interest in yoga generally, or who practice a different form, may also find this book of value, since yoga is yoga and the ultimate “goal” is the same. It is my feeling, however, that without an existing practice and enthusiasm for this method, the book may seem a little dry in the last section.

    I have had a copy with me for years, it is an invaluable reference.

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