Why Yoga?

posted by ebeans

Ever have that moment when you are in some crazy pose and you think to yourself as that guy in Enlighten Up! most aptly stated “what’s the connection between this and enlightenment?”  This has been a prevelant topic for Ashtanga practitioner/critic, Yoga Chickie, as of late.  In her post entitled “Existential Questions” she relays a conversation with her MD about practice.  Why read it?  Because it is interesting to reflect on how the “outside world” perceives yoga practice in general and Ashtanga in particular.  Sure one can critique YC as a practitioner, but I believe she asks some interesting questions about maintaining a lifetime practice.  Additionaly, I think we all would like to know more about the method behind the practice.   For primary series, we have Lino’s book which discusses the indications for postures.  But to my knowledge, there isn’t any information past primary…

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4 responses to “Why Yoga?

  1. Yes, we’re all looking forward to the English translation of Petri’s book on the intermediate series.

  2. Gregor Maehle’s got an impressive book on the Primary series, and will be coming out with a follow-up on the Intermediate series.

    The Amazon review says: Gregor Maehle, an expert teacher and practitioner, offers a detailed and multifaceted exploration of Ashtanga yoga’s Intermediate Series. A student of Sanskrit as well as anatomy and physiology, Maehle guides readers to the next level with unprecedentedly detailed anatomical explanations and unparalleled attention to the practice’s philosophical and mythological heritage. More than 25 postures are meticulously articulated through photos, anatomical line drawings, and practical, informative sidebars. Maehle also goes deep into the mythology behind each posture’s name, discusses the philosophical and spiritual background of yoga, and contextualizes Ashtanga yoga within the millennia of Indian cultural history. With passionate erudition, Maehle prepares readers to reap physical, spiritual, and mental fulfillment in their evolving practice.

    I can’t wait! You can pre-order on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Ashtanga-Yoga-Intermediate-Anatomy-Mythology/dp/157731669X

  3. Hi EBeans…someone just told me about this link. Thanks for that! I do have to say, I always wonder why whenever anyone talks about my blog, they always preface it with something along the lines of, “I don’t always agree with Yoga Chickie, but” or something like what you wrote…

  4. a- yes that should be interesting

    s- this next book seems promising as well. i wish there was something coming out of KPJAYI though…

    y- Well YC, in this particular instance, I wouldn’t say that

    “I don’t always agree with Yoga Chickie, but”

    was what was said.

    Rather, it was a discussion of questions about practice using your recent posts as a springboard. Yes, there was the line:

    “Sure one can critique YC as a practitioner, but I believe she asks some interesting questions about maintaining a lifetime practice.”

    But I think it was necessary to include this because when asking a question about practice, people generally react by criticizing the person questioning and their dedication to practice instead of focusing on the questions being asked.

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