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.
"Gregor Maehle's Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series is a treasure chest of practical gems. He weaves together important insights into the anatomy and form of the yoga postures with the contemplative and internal aspects of yoga practice. Tying together philosophy, myth, and subtle practices, he gives the student an ever-deepening experience of the true tradition of yoga."
Jnana, bhakti, and karma : the three forms of yoga -- Using Indian myth and cosmology to deepen your practice -- Sanskrit : the sacred language of yoga -- The mythology of the intermediate postures -- The antiquity of ashtanga vinyasa yoga -- Anatomy : understanding the capabilities and limitations of your body -- Respiratory movements and breath -- Reaping the benefits of the intermediate series -- The intermediate series of asanas (postures).