Useful links

Ashtanga


The official website for Ashtanga Mysore
kpjayi.org


kpjayi.org/teachers-directory/europe/

Books I like

The Power of Ashtanga I + II
by Kino McGregor
'fully illustrated asanas with technique explained'
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual David Swenson
'The old classic :) primary series with shorter versions of the practice for busy days'
Ashtanga Yoga by John Scott
'Primary series, theory of breathing and bandhas and jumps throughs and jump backs explained'
Yoga Mala by Sri K Pattabhi Jois
'Guruji outlines the principles and philosophy underlying the discipline, explains important terms and concepts, and describes how to execute each position and what benefits each provides.'
Ashtanga yoga Anusthana by Sharath Jois
'Detailing of the Primary Series' asanas, vinyasas, and dristis in addition to some therapeutic asanas for common ailments. Sharath also gives his thoughts on the philosophical underpinnings of the practice and some mantras.'
Hatha Yoga Pradipika science of hatha yoga (asanas, pranayama, shatkarma, mudra and bands)
'The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga'
Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
'Brief introduction to yoga philosophy followed by a detailed description of 200 postures. Some pranayama exercises, there are practice sequences in the back.'
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
'Comprehensive and instructive work. With 190 photos of Iyengar himself, the book highlights a progressive 200-week practice, highlighting the best techniques and the common errors in them.'
Four chapters of freedom Commentary on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Saraswati Satyananda
'In-depth explanation and commentary.'
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
'This is my favourite translation'
Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali by TKV Desikachar
'Short and to the point, very accessible and might be a good start reading the Sutras before diving into more complex translations, see above.'
Yoga Dharma by Hamish Hendry Hamish: 'For years I wanted a book I could slip into my pocket or bag while I was on a train to read and keep me inspired on those days when life was a bit mean.’
'Move beyond the physical practice. You will find quotes from the main source books on yoga. Loving this book.'
Light on Life Addressing the role that yoga postures and breathing techniques play inner search for wholeness, by B.K.S. Iyengar
'This book is with me since the beginning, it's divided into the Koshas, and I always pick it up for inspiration and finding answers.
Bringing Yoga to life Moving yoga practice beyond the mat and into everyday life, by Donna Farhi
'One of my favourite, she has a lovely chapter about sloth and discipline :)'
The deepest acceptance, radical awakening in ordinary Life by Jeff Foster
'Not an easy read, but very insightful.'
Practising the power of Now, a guide to spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
'Very inspiring, looking for living in the now.'
The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the intelligence of Body and Mind by Richard B. Freeman
'Richard Freeman is a man of many words, so it is not easy to read. But once you get into it, you can read it every year anew and find new angles and truths.'
Moving Inward, the journey to meditation step by step instructions how to meditate
'If you are new to meditation this is a great book, starting with how to sit pain-free for longer time etc.'
Life with full attention, a practical course in mindfulness by Maitreyabandhu
'Putting mindfulness into action. Maitreyabandhu is a buddhist teacher at the Bethnal Green Buddhist centre, he also runs 8 weeks mindfulness courses.'
Healing Mantras Using sound affirmations for personal power, creativity and healing
'It works :)'
Guruji A Portrait of Sri K Pattabhi Jois through he Eyes of his students
Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern
'lovely stories and anecdotes from students about Guruji'
Fierce Medicine by Ana T. Forrest
'She is excentric but very straight forward and no bullshit. She offers a meditation about death in this book, which is very interesting to do.'
Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda tells the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America.
'If you are into yoga, this book is a must along your yogic journey.'
Way of the peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
'Very inspiring story, easy read. They made also a movie out of it with Nick Nolte :)'
Sogyal Rinpoche The tibetan book of living and dying, a spiritual classic of tibetan buddhism to the West.
'He has a buddhist centre in London: www.rigpa.org'
Matthieu Ricard Born in France in 1946, a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He first visited India in 1967 where he met great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 45 years.
'A very inspiring and down to earth soul.'
Jiddu Krishnamurti Born in 1895 was a philosopher, speaker and writer.
'Philosophical and very interesting to read. There are also a lot of interviews on the web.'
GUT, the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ by Gulia Enders
'Very accessible to read, and very interesting and clarifying.'
Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays MD Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat; eat less while feeling fully satisfied; identify your habits and patterns with food; develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating; discover what you're really hungry for.
'If you struggle finding a healthy relationship with food this book might be helpful.'
Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli A Woman's Guide to Power and Freedom Through Yoga and Tantra.
'Over 600 pages, you will find very interesting aspects about feminine power.'
Daily Greatness Yoga Journal, Your Masterplan For A Beautifully Conscious Life by Lyndelle Palmer Clarke
'Keeping a journal about your yoga practice might help you overcoming obstacles. This book covers 365 days, you can start at any time.'

99% practice

1% theory

– SRI K PATTHABI JOIS

Ashtanga Yoga Chants…


This chant is traditionally chanted before beginning the Flash practice. The first part of the chant is from the Yoga Captivate, the text from which the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of practice is derived. The second part of the chant is a traditional chant to the sage Patanjali (said to be the composer of the Yoga Sutra), and is of unknown origin.
by Richard Freeman AUDIO

opening chant

Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram
Shankhacakrsi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
Pranamami Patanjalim
Om
I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara (conditioned existence).

I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).
The closing chant is the invocation for the Yajur Veda, one of the ancient text of the Vedic tradition.
It is chanted at the closing of a teaching.

closing chant

Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Om peace, peace, perfect peace

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