Book Title: YOGA MALA
Author: Sri K Pattabhi Jois
Publisher : North Point Press; Second edition (July 6, 2010)
Language : English
Paperback : 158 pages
ISBN-10 : 0865477515
ISBN-13 : 978-0865477513
“Yoga Mala” is a seminal book written by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, an influential figure in the world of modern yoga. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was an Indian yoga teacher known for popularizing the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system, which is a dynamic and physically demanding style of yoga. The book was first published in 1999 and offers deep insights into the philosophy and practice of Ashtanga yoga.
The title, “Yoga Mala,” translates to “Yoga Garland” in Sanskrit, where “Mala” refers to a string of beads used for meditation and prayer. In this context, the book serves as a metaphorical garland of yoga practices and teachings.
In “Yoga Mala,” Sri K. Pattabhi Jois covers various aspects of Ashtanga yoga, including its historical and philosophical foundations, the principles of vinyasa (the synchronization of breath and movement), the importance of drishti (gaze), bandhas (energy locks), and the correct sequences of asanas (postures). He delves into the traditional teachings of yoga and his own experiences, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of this particular yoga tradition.
The book also contains practical guidance on the primary series of Ashtanga yoga, outlining the sequence of asanas, alignment instructions, and the traditional Sanskrit names for each posture. This information is valuable for practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of the practice and its technical details.
“Yoga Mala” is revered as a valuable resource for serious practitioners and teachers of Ashtanga yoga, offering a blend of yoga philosophy, personal anecdotes, and practical instructions. It has played a significant role in popularizing Ashtanga yoga in the Western world and remains an essential text for those interested in this particular yoga tradition.