Discover Practice and Philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga with Gregor Maehle
This book integrates Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali as an organic whole, presenting them as two sides of the one coin. It also demonstrates how the eight limbs are practised within the Ashtanga Vinyasa system.
An extensive explanation of the fundamental techniques of breath, bandhas and drishti is followed by a detailed and comprehensive study of each posture of the Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count, complemented by clear and informative anatomical illustrations and descriptions. Additional information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures enhances and brings further insight to the practice. Practical tips are also offered.
In a discussion of the history of yoga, Gregor Maehle shows how the five-stage unfoldment of mind described in the Yoga Sutra was the key factor in the development of human society during the last five millennia.
In a final section of the book, a lively, authentic and practical rendering of the Yoga Sutra, for which the major ancient commentaries have been consulted, lucidly describes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga and presents it as a realistic path for modern practitioners.
About Ashtanga Yoga - The Practice and Philosophy
- 304 pages
- Illustrated richly
- A lot of background information
- Indian Edition
About Gregor Maehle
Gregor Maehle started his yogic practices 30 years ago. In the mid 80’s he spent 14 months
in Mysore, India, and in 1997 was authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then he has branched out into research of the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of Yoga. He obtained his anatomical knowledge through a German Health Practitioner degree and has also studied History, Philosophy and Comparative Religion at German universities.
In India Gregor also received eight months of mostly one on one instruction in
scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through BNS Iyengar.
Today Gregor teaches an anatomically sophisticated in terpretation of traditional vinyasa yoga, integrated into the practice of the higher limbs in the spirit of Patanjali and T. Krishnamacharya. His zany sense of humour, his manifold personal experiences, his vast and in depth knowledge of scripture, Indian philosophies and yogic techniques combine to make Gregor’s teachings applicable, relevant and easily accessible to all his students.