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21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice

21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice [Kindle Edition]

Claudia Azula Altucher
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The daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga has made me physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. I am very grateful. When I first started practicing I wished I had a handbook that answered basic questions, encouraged me on how to go about those first classes, guided me on whether to travel to Mysore or not. Recently someone who has been attracted to this style of yoga asked me if I could provide such a guide because he said: "it all felt very intimidating from the perspective of a beginner". I completely related. That is how this book was born.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461147743
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054S7970
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudia loves lists 9 July 2011
There is one thing I wish I'd known before I started practicing Ashtanga and it's not in Claudia's book, I looked. I'll tell you what that is later.

Anyone who's stuck with my own blog over the years has probably figured out that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Ashtanga ( for hate read, frustration and irritation), every now and again I tend to bang my head against it. It was during one of these ...more negative periods that Claudia brought out her book and I immediately switched over to feelin' the love again as a result of reading it, it reminded me why I love the practice.

Claudia's own passion for the practice is infectious, it's on almost every page. Yet despite that passion there's also an openness that I respect immensely. As a blogger herself Claudia's come up against questions and criticisms regarding the practice both on her own blog and those on which she contributes through comments. She's aware of what makes people uncomfortable or perhaps suspicious at times and is always respectful in her response, she is constantly exploring the practice and trying to understand it a little more herself.

In the book that translates as respect for her readers.

She doesn't just throw information about the practice at you, she invites you in, she doesn't avoid the difficult questions, she often struggles with them too. Her book is a guide to pretty much everything surrounding the practice ( and more besides ) but she's also a fellow traveller, she wants to share her view of the practice but her curiosity comes through, she wants to hear your view too.

The last section is called...

'Keep in touch'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have 5 Jun 2011
i recently started practicing ashtanga and of course did a bit of research to find out more about it. luckily i came across this brilliant book which turned out to be an excellent tool for all beginners and i would even say also for some of you who have been practicing for a while. it covers everything: the basic info about ashtanga, all you need to know about the practice and also briefly explains the philosophy behind. it even has a guide for your first trip to india. i have read it a few weeks back but keep coming back to it as it is a great source of reference. it really does what it says on the tin and a bit more. definitely recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Namaste 4 Feb 2014
By jux1a
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Good down to earth intro to Ashtanga with humour and honesty. The author describes her path into this practise. Recommended.
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By Mape
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Although I found a few ideas contained in the book useful, I did not like the concept nor the approach. For a start, the 21 things structure was quite confusing at the beginning, when the author kept introducing numbered sub-sections within the main sections and I was not sure what I was reading about at each time.

I found some of the thoughts patronising and dismissive of other people's approach and/or struggles to engage in regular practice and other aspects of their lives. I would have omitted the section on "finding love", as at that point I felt like I was reading a dating manual, completely irrelevant to the practice of Ashtanga. I did not like the section on "excuses" that other people may have not to practice and the author's attitude towards this, making fun of people's reasons. The superficial reasons she describes -too lightly and judgmentally in my opinion- may be underlying other stronger reasons and each of us has to follow our own journey into the practice.
There were a few other comments, opinions and sections, particularly the ones in which the author suggests ideas of how people should/could improve their lives that were too subjective and judgmental, but I guess, opinions are something very personal, including my own. I am a beginner in Ashtanga, and I had done my reading and searches into the main sources (and I continue to do so), which is what probably most people do.This book did not help or add anything to my knowledge or practice. The only thing I did find useful was the chapter about mysore, as I have not been there yet, explaining some of the elements of the practice and accreditation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashtanga reading 26 Jun 2013
By Hatchy
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Honest down-to-earth info about ashtanga yoga practice and visiting Mysore.
Many typos (presume English not first language of author) makes it a more endearing book.
Inspiring and accessible. Made me get on my yoga mat and enjoy a daily practice :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
By Hathers
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Couldn't put this down it has been so useful and informative for an Ashtanga novice like me!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 19 May 2014
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A good introduction to Astanga from a personal perspective and a quick read. Anyone seriously interested in Astanga need to read further
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2.0 out of 5 stars Generally ok book 28 Feb 2014
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This book is practical, but I did not like the authors way of explaining certain elements, also her personal journey was portrayed in a somewhat non spiritual way, and mostly making 'fun' of elements where one should have had a more objective standpoint.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great advice, quick & easy to read
So glad I bought this book, good advice & insight into hurdles for beginners. Mysore could become a reality sometime soon.
Published 10 months ago by JoV
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic beginners guide to Ashtanga
A brilliant introduction to Ashtanga with all the top tips to survive your first few months in class. This book is a great companion guide to led classes or DVD programme. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Get started
This book is motivational and sympathetic to your journey as you start an ashtanga yoga practice, thank you for the amazing advice, I am looking forward to stepping on my mat today... Read more
Published 12 months ago by cherylyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners who want a bit more background
My friend convinced me to go on a 3 night yoga retreat (she is a yoga nut and I haven't done it for maybe 10 years plus), but I really enjoyed our time away (from the kids and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeanette Tingay
5.0 out of 5 stars 21things to know before starting an ashtanga practice
An easy to read simple introduction to a yoga practice , I liked the philosophy and personal journey included .
Published 18 months ago by sophie
3.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring little book to complement your Ashtanga library
Before you pick up a Kindle copy of 21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice, be aware that this is not a the kind of yoga book written by one of the well-known... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by Asphodelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price
Bearing in mind this was so very cheap, it was an inspiring read and at this price I can live with the typos. Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by bluecampion
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