Gregor Maehle's first book, "Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy", provided a comprehensive introduction to all eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga and a detailed discussion of each posture in "Ashtanga's Primary Series" of postures.
In "Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series",
Maehle addresses the postures of the Intermediate Series,
with the same unprecedented quality of detailed anatomical explanation and the unparalleled deep roots in ancient Indian philosophy and mythology. The Intermediate Series is the next level of practice in Ashtanga yoga. While the Primary Series is intended as 'yoga therapy' - seeking to bring balance to the body and mind and to develop strength, endurance, and flexibility - the Intermediate Series is the first step on the path to purification of the 'subtle body'. With a Sanskrit name meaning 'purification of the nadi system' (the system of subtle channels circulating energy throughout the body), the Intermediate Series shifts focus from the hamstrings, hip joints, and bandhas to the spine, chest, and shoulder joints.
As he demonstrated in "Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy", Gregor Maehle writes with a level of expertise that few Western teachers possess. Readers will come away from "Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series" well-prepared to take the next step with their practice.
About Ashtanga Yoga - The Practice and Philosophy
- 210 pages
- A lot of background information
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.