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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' authoritative guide to Ashtanga. In it, he outlines the ethical principles and philosophy underlying the discipline, explains important terms and concepts, and guides the reader through Ashtanga's Sun Salutations and the subsequent primary sequence of forty-two asanas, or poses, precisely describing how to execute each position and what benefits each provides. It is a foundational work on yoga by a true master. To coincide with publication of "Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students" by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern, this new edition of "Yoga Mala" includes a foreword by Jois' grandson Sharath Rangaswamy, currently co-director of the famous school Jois founded in Mysore, the Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

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L'ouvrage de PJ est très intéressant et illustré mais la description des postures reste sommaire et donc destinée aux initiés capables de prendre la posture classique. N'esperez pas faire un bon yoga si vous commencez seul avec ce bouquin (ou un autre d'ailleurs en règle générale).
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Ce bien, mais rien de special de ashtanga yoga...
seul les bases, il y a bien des autres livres plus complets
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 5 stars: Yoga Mala: The Original Teachings of Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois 6 juin 2015
Par Kelly & Joey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Pattabhi Jois, one of the best and most important Yoga Teachers in the world.

Yoga Mala is a guide to yoga by one of the most influential yogis of the modern era, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Sri Jois, who passed away in 2009, developed an approach to Hatha Yoga that is alternatively called Ashtanga Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga. Herein, I will use the term Ashtanga Vinyasa to represent Sri Jois’s style of yoga, which relies on a fixed sequence(s) conducted with vinyasa, i.e. flowing transitions that link postures. The reason I chose one term over the other is that the term “Ashtanga Yoga” long predates Jois and is a more generic name for the practice of all eight limbs of yoga as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Having mentioned the “eight limbs of yoga,” it should be noted that this book really only gets into half of them: yama (rules for interacting with others), niyama (rules for conducting oneself), asana (poses), and pranayama (breath exercises.) Furthermore, three-fourths of the book’s pages are devoted to asana. This is not unusual as many yogis consider it a waste of time delving into the higher level practices (pratyahara [sensory withdrawal], dharana [focus], dhyana [meditation], and samadhi [liberation] with individuals who haven’t yet made headway into the more fundamental practices.

After brief discussion of yama, niyama, and pranayama, Yoga Mala launches into description of the postures of the Ashtanga Vinyasa preliminary series. This begins with the two variants of the Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) practiced in Ashtanga Vinyasa and progresses through the poses of the standing, seated, and finishing sequences in the order in which they occur in the Preliminary Series. There are clear black and white photos of the optimal version of each asana. The written descriptions explain the entire set of vinyasa for that asana—i.e. the flowing transitions that connect one pose to the next. Most asana have a header paragraph that tells how many vinyasas are associated with the pose and which vinyasa constitutes the asana proper. This opener is followed by a “Method” section that lays out the vinyasa in detail, and—in many cases–a “Benefits” section that explains what the posture is said to do for one–and occasionally what major the contraindications are. (However, this is a poor reference for contraindications as it mostly only says what pregnant women shouldn’t do and doesn’t get into much detail beyond that.)

There are a couple of things that I think could have been improved—mostly formatting / editorial critiques. The first is that the text increasingly lags the photos so that one has to flip forward several pages to view the associated photos. Also, the author often refers to a movement through a position using the numbering system of an earlier set of vinyasa, and this necessitates a lot of flipping back and forth. For example, the instructions often say “then go to the 4th vinyasa of the first surya namaskara sequence” whereas if he said “then do chataranga dandasana [or low plank]) they would have saved words and obviated need for the back and forth.

Sri Jois was very devout man. For those of a similar mindset, you’ll likely find the book resonates. However, if you’re the kind of person who prefers explanations rooted in a logical or scientific approach, then you may find explanations a bit summarily invoked for your tastes. In other words, he’s prone to say, just do what the Vedas and your teacher tell you and everything will be rosy. I don’t know that this is a critique so much as fair warning. If you think that the Vedas were divinely written by infallible authors, then Jois’s approach may sound good to you. However, if you think that the Veda’s reflect the biases and limited knowledge of another era (just like our present writings reflect our current biases and limitations), you may find a few comments suspect. For example, Sri Jois makes a point of saying that the Vedas state that one can do a headstand for three hours straight without adverse effects. (To be fair, he does point out that you must do it properly and under the supervision of a teacher.)

If you practice Ashtanga Vinyasa, or intend to, this is a must-read book, but it’s a useful book for those who practice Hatha Yoga of other styles as well. It’s a good summary of classic asana, and you may find something in Sri Jois’ explanation of yama and niyama to be helpful to you on your personal path.

I should point out that those who aren’t sure whether they want to practice this form should be forewarned that Ashtanga Vinyasa is an intense practice. The vinyasas require a high level of core strength as well as upper body strength for Uth Pluthi (lifts) and vinyasa motions requiring that one load all one’s bodyweight onto one’s arms. Also, the fact that one is doing the “Preliminary Series” shouldn’t falsely lead one to believe that these are all the “easy” asana. That isn’t the case; there are a number of challenging poses both in terms of flexibility and strength requirements. If you haven’t done yoga before, I would only suggest Ashtanga Vinyasa for those who have a fairly high fitness level.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting information 10 avril 2012
Par Dancing Shakti - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What I liked the most of the book is that the benefits of each pose are explained. For example: it says of Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana "it loosens the hip joints, destroys defects of the testicles and male organs of generation, and purifies and strengthens the vertebral column, waist, hips and lower abdomen. It also eliminates constipation." Further along it says "Matsyasana and Uttana Padasana counterpose the five asanas that precede them and remove the shoulder and waist pain that result from their practice. They also purify the esophagus and anus, as well as the liver and the spleen, and furnish the waist and neck with increasing strength."
This is a small book but with lots of useful information on the primary series. It explains how to practice, what to eat, how to behave (the eight limbs)...
Each pose of the series is described, there aren't extraordinary tips or insights on how to go deeper into the pose or with great alignment (if you are looking for that you may want to check the books by Gregor Maehle Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy), but there is a succint entry -with a picture of the asana- where the breath count is explained, as well as the number of vinyasas of each asana ("Doing puraka, stand, as in Prasarita Padottanasana, stretch arms out to the sides at chest level and straighten them, as in Trikonasana, and hold position; this is the first vinyasa. Then, doing rechaka, place the hands on the waist; this is the second vinyasa..."). And each entry ends with a paragraph of the benefits of each pose, what maladies they alleviate and what part of the body they act upon. There are poses for the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, legs... you name it!
At the beginning of the book P. Jois explains that the poses are to be held for five breaths, but if someone is in healing mode, "the aspirant may remain in the curative postures specific to a complaint for 50 to 80 breaths".
Jois explains that the primary series is called 'yoga chikitsa' which means 'yoga therapy' and it's purpose is to cleanse the body, cure any disease and realign it with health. He says that to 'graduate' him his teacher gave him a test, he presented him with a man that was ill and told Jois: 'cure him'. I found that interesting... that the primary series is pretty much devised as medicine! and it also gets the body supple and ready for the second series that focus on the cleansing of the nervous system.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Yogamala 17 avril 2013
Par Tirun Gopal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Please allow me, at the outset, to inform everyone who reads this that it pertains to the kindle version of the book. In few words, do not buy the kindle version. Now that I have completed reading it, I am not even sure that I got the full version, since it states that the following chapters are on a yoga Chikitsa (meaning treatments) and there are no chapters on it at all,,
The electronic version is disorganized, with no conformity between the illustrations and the text. It was a waste of money!
Having heard of the greatness of the Guru, I was eager to read it, but became increasingly disenchanted as I read on. The revered Guru's family should appeal to the publisher about the shoddy work they have done on the electronic version.
Since I revere the Guru for just that, being a Guru, I will now buy the paperback and read it!!! Om Shri Gurubhyo Namah.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Practice and all is coming" 9 juin 2016
Par J. Paschal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
An essential book for everyone who practices Yoga particularly Asthanga Yoga as the book explains both the postures and the "rules" of yoga. This book is the heart of the Ashtanga yoga primary series; the historical documentation of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' curriculum for asana practice and his overview and explanation of the 8-limb path. There are newer Ashtanga books written by some of Jois' long-time students that explore in greater detail different areas of the practice, but this book is considered the original source. If you are looking to incorporate Ashtanga yoga principles both on and off the mat, you will need, and want, to own this book and revisit it frequently. Wonderful explanations of the asanas of the primary series put into a traditional context. I'm very inspired to continue to practice Ashtanga Yoga tradition and be fully present in every breath while doing so.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Ashtanga "bible" was a bit of a letdown for me. 9 février 2015
Par Farnoosh Brock - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I started my Ashtanga practice formally October of 2012. Before that, I was doing a lot of vinyasa power yoga and looking for a home. Well, I found my true home in Ashtanga. I knew that I had to read the Ashtanga bible, Yoga Mala by Pattabhi Jois and I've finally completed that task. I have to say that I feel deflated after reading this book and here's why: I had put so much expectation into what this book was going to tell me about Ashtanga and the way of the practitioner and inspiration on how to keep the practice going strong and perhaps even more behind his own famous saying of "Do your practice and all is coming." And frankly, I wish I hadn't read this book. The writing itself is not very clear and has not been edited very well, but the content was what shocked me the most. For one, I can't get over the obsession that Jois has about practioner's not engaging in sexual activities, even with their spouses, and all that talk around losing bodily fluids if at the wrong hour of the night or day can cause so much trouble in your practice. And you know what, if this point was made once or even twice, I would have paid even more respect to it even if I chose not to agree to it, but the hammering of this point throughout the book was just annoying. Another point was about the focus on men, even though he throws in that both men and women can practice Ashtanga, it is quite obvious that at the time of his writing, he was addressing a male practitioner, or in his words, an "aspirant" of yoga.

The rest of this may only interest you if you are an Ashtanga practionner: The primary series or yoga chikitsa as it is taught today by Sharath (Jois's grandson) and others in the community has changed from the series he teaches. There are some poses that are not even present in the Yoga Mala such as reverse Trikonasana. Also he says breathe as many times as possible. As we now know, the recommended # of breaths in each asana is 5. The explanation of the poses is fine, but it's really hard to read these descriptions. They are very mechanical. For me, it is very hard to grasp or remember this type of information. The benefits of each pose are also explained right after the pose. It's a little hard to stay coordinated as you read the book because the picture of the pose is not on the same page as the description of it, oh well.

Also I found it interesting that there was very little (if any!) mention of the opening chant and/or the closing chant, which is a strict part of the tradition in Ashtanga.

Overall, perhaps I am glad that I read this book. I still love and respect Pattabhi Jois, and I feel indebted to him for bringing this amazing system of yoga to the western world by his tireless teachings. I will be referencing this book on occasion, and I do believe that yoga when practiced properly can be the way of healing and happiness. And even if this was not in the book, "Do your practice and all is coming" is my favorite Jois quote. Are you doing your practice?
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