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The Power of Ashtanga Yoga: Developing a Practice That Will Bring You Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Peace--Includes the Complete Primary Series [Paperback]

Kino MacGregor
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4 July 2013
Ashtanga Yoga is a graceful, athletic type of yoga that has become extremely popular in recent years. Here, Kino MacGregor, a disciple of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the great modern guru who developed Ashtanga Yoga, gives a comprehensive view of the practice and shows how Ashtanga is fundamentally a path of spiritual transformation and personal development.

MacGregor delves into the history and tradition of Ashtanga Yoga and reveals how its philosophy manifests in contemporary lifestyle and dietary choices. She also explains the essential connection of breath, posture, and gaze that is the core of the practice. Her clear, step-by-step instruction of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series—including standing, seated, backbending, twisting, hip-opening, and closing postures—is a wonderful initiation for those who are new to the practice, and it will motivate experienced yogis toward perfection of the form. Throughout, MacGregor shares her own personal yoga journey and her devotion to yoga as a path of self-realization in a way that will inspire all practitioners.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 1 edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611800056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800050
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 22.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I was so looking forward to this book that I contacted the publishers to ask for an advanced review copy for my Home Ashtanga Blog. This review is based on the copy they sent me last week.

If you are already familiar with Kino's teaching, take a moment and think what you were expecting and hoping Kino's book would be like.......yep, it's EXACTLY like that. Every posture crammed full of the tips, hints and encouragement we've come to expect from her DVDs and YouTube videos. Plus some surprises. Home Ashtangi's will love it, shala students too but teachers perhaps for the seemingly endless supply of ideas to help their students. This is Kino at her best.

Complete beginners might find the detail Kino goes into in the posture descriptions intimidating or overwhelming at first glance and yet these descriptions are made of step by step instructions and suggestions for making the full expression of the postures possible but more importantly safe. Read through them, take note of the cautions and explore the different suggestions and finer points of technique as you develop your practice.

This isn't a glossy picture book but a serious treatment of the nature, attainment and purpose of asana in the Ashtanga practice of the Krishnamachaya/Jois lineage. It has a strong focus on the spiritual or mindful dimension of the practice, of the energetics of practice, of the breath and the bandhas (as well as how to actually go about engaging and employing them).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 10 July 2013
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Big fan of Kino on u-tube @ this book does not disappoint. Excellent diagrams on asanas & informative info on all other parts of yoga which I had not read before. Highly recommend this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 28 Jan 2014
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Absolutely love it, best yoga book ive read. Very detailed with some very useful tips and tricks. If you are a fan of Kino then you will know what to expect from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK 28 Feb 2014
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Kino knows how to delve into Ashtanga and take the reader on a journey. I can't get enough of this book. Along with personal experiences Kino brilliantly manages to combine the spiritual universe of Ashtanga with modern day living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great handbook and guide. 27 Feb 2014
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I love Kino!...thats the simple fact.
I have met kino and participated in her classes and a teacher training emmersion. I have also read yoga mala and watched many of Kinos online videos as well as those about her teachers.
The Ashtanga methods awsome healing potential continues to amaze me and this book I use alongside Kinos Dvd to enrich my practice.
This book helps to unlock the secrets of Astanga yoga. The book inspires a more confident and informed practice because of the wealth of information Kino shares.
I like the way Kino explains the techique with language that expresses her direct experience.This is a great manual to use to enrich the daily practice which is so carefully broken down within this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 July 2013
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To say that I love this book would be an understatement. I covers some of the history of Yoga, the philosophy, diet, and of course excellent photos and descriptions of each asana in the primary series. I use this in conjunction with Kino's primary series DVD. A very well written carefully thought out book. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad i bought it. 9 July 2014
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Great detail about the history of Ashtanga Yoga. Kino is a great teacher and her book is a reflection of that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little out of my depth but...
what I plan to do is get stronger with aerobics and then switch over to this...I'm a big weakling at the moment following an illness so it's my fault not the book/plan but I look... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for those looking to explore the Primary Series in...
This book has been so useful for me in developing my own self practice. It provides detailed description and photographs of each of the asanas in the Primary Series which ensure... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynsey Shearer
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I enjoyed reading a more indepth approach to Yoga
However, I am struggling with motivation at the moment, like all things a few weeks into it and I will wonder why I was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
I usually do not buy yoga books, but i found Kino's really impressive, with good details/instructions on the poses as well as many other pointers...
Published 8 months ago by S Hussain
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
Really great book. Cant put it down. Especially good if your a teacher as its very informative. Also includes pictures which is very useful
Published 8 months ago by Sophie Reade
5.0 out of 5 stars An ashtanga must have!
This is a wonderfully written, inspiring book, which gives clear and practical advice on Ashtanga practice. It's inspired me to increase my practice and look at my diet!
Published 8 months ago by Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
This is my first yoga book and what I like about it is it explains what muscles you are using and how positions can help certain ailments, it also covers food and lifestyle. Read more
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