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"Astanga Yoga As It Is" is a comprehensive guide to the first four sequences of Ashtanga Yoga: Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and Advanced B as taught by Shri Krishna Pattabhi Jois. To date this is the only book available which details all of the first four traditional sequences of Ashtanga Yoga. The third edition of Ashtanga Yoga As It Is contains an extensive range of new material, providing many relevant techniques on breathing, Asana, Bandha and Drishti. It offers insight into the practical application of Yoga philosophy including information on the Chakra, Granthi, Nadi and the Yoga sutras of Patanjali. The photographic section of the book visually depicts all of the postures, movements and breaths of the first four traditional sequences. It also presents the correct Sanskrit transliterations and the traditional Vinyasa counting for every posture. The first two editions of the book (which are currently out of print) are a simple and beautiful visual presentation of only the Asana for the traditional series.
Ashtanga Yoga As It Is provides an exploration of both the physical and psychological aspects of the practice. It aims to shed light on some core Yoga concepts and relevant self development principles. It covers the main points of the Ashtanga tradition including many previously unwritten rules advocated by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. This is a one of a kind map to the traditional Vinyasa method.
Printed on black and white satin durable paper, the book is presented in an A4 (29x21cm) landscape format. It is spiral bound which makes it ideal for placing beside the Yoga mat.
Matthew Sweeney's knowledge of yoga encompasses 24 years of practice and 18 years of teaching. His education includes Shiatsu massage, yoga therapy, Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga. Matthew's teaching combines the tradition of Ashtanga yoga with the therapeutic needs of each student. He provides an individual approach to the Mysore method and is renowned for the attention he gives to both novice and advanced students.
Matthew is widely regarded as one of the world's most advanced exponents of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. His asana practice includes advanced B, or 4th series. He studies regularly at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India where he completed advanced A, or 3rd series, in 1996.
Matthew travels and teaches yoga workshops in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe.