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21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Claudia Azula Altucher

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The daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga has made me physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. I am very grateful. When I first started practicing I wished I had a handbook that answered basic questions, encouraged me on how to go about those first classes, guided me on whether to travel to Mysore or not. Recently someone who has been attracted to this style of yoga asked me if I could provide such a guide because he said: "it all felt very intimidating from the perspective of a beginner". I completely related. That is how this book was born.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 172 pages
  • Editeur : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0054S7970
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Claudia loves lists 9 juillet 2011
Par A. J. Hall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Anyone who's stuck with my blog over the years has probably figured out that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Ashtanga ( for hate read, frustration and irritation), every now and again I tend to bang my head against it. It was during one of these ...more negative periods that Claudia brought out her book and I immediately switched over to feelin' the love again as a result of reading it, it reminded me why I love the practice.

Claudia's own passion for the practice is infectious, it's on almost every page. Yet despite that passion there's also an openness that I respect immensely. As a blogger herself Claudia's come up against questions and criticisms regarding the practice both on her own blog and those on which she contributes through comments. She's aware of what makes people uncomfortable or perhaps suspicious at times and is always respectful in her response, she is constantly exploring the practice and trying to understand it a little more herself.

In the book that translates as respect for her readers.

She doesn't just throw information about the practice at you, she invites you in, she doesn't avoid the difficult questions, she often struggles with them too. Her book is a guide to pretty much everything surrounding the practice ( and more besides ) but she's also a fellow traveller, she wants to share her view of the practice but her curiosity comes through, she wants to hear your view too.

The last section is called...

'Keep in touch'

Claudia shares.

The book is personal, she's telling you why she chose to practice Ashtanga, (that's pretty much the title of Chapter four).

' I will never preach or try to convince anyone of anything, but I can tell you some of the reasons why I came into ashtanga, why it has worked for me and how it continues to work.' p39

One of my favourite things about the book is an in-joke, I didn't get right a way. The book's title relates to a blog post Claudia wrote a while back and is the title of chapter three, on a hunch I took another look at the contents, page, yep, there are also twenty-one chapters.

Claudia loves lists.

For example

Chapter six : 3 specific cases in which yoga helped me personally
Chapter seven : 15 unusual benefits of yoga
Chapter fourteen : 9 lame excuses that keep people away from yoga
Chapter sixteen 19 suggestions to improve your yoga practice
Chapter twenty-one : 32 unusual ways to love ourselves.

Notice too that none of those chapters mention Ashtanga in the title. Claudia practices Ashtanga but I would argue her book is relevant to any style of yoga in fact it might be said it's a book about taking more control of your life

Chapter 18 : A few ways to practice yoga when we're off the mat.

Notice she says when WE'RE off the mat

This is not a practice manual, you wont find the ashtanga sequences laid out but If you are an Ashtangi then your going to want this book, it has, for example, one of the best guides around to making the leap and visiting Mysore, India where the Ashtanga style began, command Central if you will.

Chapter ten: An Ashtanga yoga guide to Mysore

Which talks about Accommodation, transportation, food, supermarkets, bookstores, sightseeing just everything.

But we also have...

Chapter eleven : Adventures of a beginner in Mysore

This is an hilarious account written by Claudia's husband relating his first experience of visiting ( being dragged along) to Mysore to practice ashtanga for the first time. This was a guest post on Claudia's blog, here James gets a guest chapter.

There's also a chapter on the Saturday, rest day practice, the oil bath.

This is a wonderful book and while Claudia has made a free pdf copy available on her blog, however your going to want it in book form, in fact your probably going to want several copies as your sure to be passing them on to all your friends who ask you about this strange bouncing up and down on mats we do and are tempted to give it a try.

That said, in a couple of years your probably going to find several battered and well thumbed copies laying around your local shala in as well as in Mysore itself.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An inspiring little book to complement your Ashtanga library 24 juin 2012
Par Asphodelia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Before you pick up a Kindle copy of 21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice, be aware that this is not a the kind of yoga book written by one of the well-known western gurus such as John Scott, David Swenson or Richard Freeman, but more like a comprehensive collection of material from Claudia Azula's blog as well as some previously unavailable content. Therefore, the overall tone of this book is slightly amateur and a little bit disjointed. But this is exactly what makes it perfect for beginners, and for `beginners', Azula includes anyone who has been practising Ashtanga for less than a decade or so. Ashtanga is most certainly not a practice to learn in a week-long intensive course at some Ashram.

Personally, I have been practising Ashtanga for just over two years, with several long injury-related breaks in between. Although I have read a few other books about yoga and Ashtanga prior to this, I found 21 Things very refreshing in its approach and Azula's simple, practical advice actually inspired to make some changes to my practice - such as trying to practice early in the morning before work.

On a few occasions, as someone with a basic knowledge of Ashtanga I disagreed with the author; for example, she advocates a rigorous practice of 6 days a week, with Saturdays off. I worry that a beginner reading this book might be put off by such a daunting schedule; even David Swenson, in his `Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual' suggests that it is better for someone new to the practice to start with small goals and practice more regularly 2-3 times a week rather than trying to do too much to only then feel overwhelmed and give up altogether.

There was also a fair bit of pseudoscience in some of the chapters about purification and other very yoga-like concepts which I personally would take with a pinch of salt; but of course, the writer never claims to be offering medical advice, and she is absolutely correct in stating that once you take on a regular yoga practice, the body seems to crave healthier food and a healthier way of being.

In spite of these minor shortcomings, for all new yogis and even the most experienced ones, '21 Things' will be a very inspiring read to complement the many `serious' books out there on the subject. It will not break the bank to download it for your Kindle, so do it now and you will be inspired to get on your mat in no time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting, full of worthwhile Inspiration 20 mai 2012
Par Susanne C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am very pleased with this little book. I thought that a lot of it wouldn't appeal or apply to an older woman with a neuromuscular disorder which makes simple yoga a challenge, and absolutely no intention of ever going to Mysore, but at the price and with all the great reviews I gave it a try.
I am glad that I did. It is well written, (could use some proofreading for grammatical slips, nothing big) interesting, educational, and very inspiring when it comes down to urging the reader to just commit to practicing. The author definitely lives on the fringe of yoga practice, she admits to being more involved than most of us will want or be able to be, but she manages to be inspiring rather than off-putting like so many accomplished yoginis.
A valuable and fascinating read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun and helpful for any yogi 12 juin 2011
Par happycritter - Publié sur Amazon.com
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and read it quickly. The format of lists is fun, concise and accessible. I especially found the quotes inspiring, thought provoking and enlightening. I have marked many by the author and by others to return too. The quote "If you don't have a fever and nothing is broken, then get on the mat and do what you can." particularly resonates for me. It has already helped to build my fledgeling home practice. If your passion is yoga, especially Ashtanga but not necessarily Ashtanga, this book is a great resource as well as a lot of fun.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but not without issues 11 mai 2012
Par Fitzgerald Fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am somewhat new to Ashtanga yoga. I have been practicing it daily for about nine months, but I have done so without the benefit of a class or teacher. I chose Ashtanga because it is a one person practice, something one embraces, ideally, alone with oneself. All I know, I have learned from books. Of course, as soon as I saw this title, I was intrigued and thought it could help me to learn what to expect in coming months and years.
Altucher's advice, and the sharing of her own experience, is wonderful and I found a lot of self-confirmation concerning the commitment I am making after reading her work. That said, there are two issues that greatly (and unnecessarily) detract from the book. One, this work would have benefited, in a big way, by having an editor. It is literally rife with spelling and grammatical errors. Perhaps this will not bother some, but my graduate degree is in English and I am a free lance editor, so this kind of thing makes me cringe. For me, it rather takes away from the seriousness and pride of a work when it is not refined/proofread. Second, and less of an issue, is the rather lengthy section about how to find the right partner in your life. To me, yoga is about getting more acquainted with oneself. Furthermore, many of her readers are already married or in successful relationships. It is not a bad section. The advice is good, but it just seems out of place somehow.
Even with the aforementioned complaints, however, I give the book 4 stars because it is a sincere attempt to open up the possibilities of Ashtanga for newcomers. I feel more enriched after having read it and all the extra links the author provides are a bonus. Ultimately, this is a testament to the benefits of the practice and a "what to expect" for those of us who aren't yet sure just what we are getting into. If you are interested in Ashtanga, this really is a must read. It offers a wealth of resources and advice...
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