Gregor Maehle

Ashtanga Yoga — The Intermediate Series

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In this much-anticipated follow-up to his first book, Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy, Gregor Maehle offers a detailed and multifaceted guide to Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate Series. An expert yogi and teacher, Maehle will guide you to your next level with an unprecedented depth of anatomical explanation and unparalleled attention to the practice’s philosophical and mythological heritage. You will learn:
• The background and applications of each of the three forms of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana
• How to use Indian myth and cosmology to deepen your practice
• The importance of the Sanskrit language to the yogic tradition
• The mythology behind the names of the Intermediate Series postures
• The functions and limitations of body parts integral to the Intermediate Series, including the spine, the sacroiliac joint, the shoulder joint, and the hip joint
• How to reap the full benefits of practicing the Intermediate Series
Maehle meticulously explores all twenty-seven postures of the Intermediate Series through photos, anatomical line drawings, and practical, informative sidebars. He also discusses the philosophical and spiritual background of Ashtanga Yoga and places the practice within the context of Indian cultural history. With passionate erudition, Maehle will prepare you to reap physical, spiritual, and mental fulfillment from your evolving practice.
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585 printed pages
Original publication
2012

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    This is the reason that arm balances are practiced only after proficiency in backbending is gained. Starting the practice of arm balances with shoulder joints that are not yet fully opened usually means that deep backbends cannot be reached anymore, as any future back opening will be counteracted by the back-firming effect of the arm balances. For this very reason, the performance of postures like handstands needs to be postponed until one’s backbend is open enough to perform postures like Kapotasana.
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    PLACING THE RIGHT LEG FIRST INTO LOTUS
    As stated already in Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy, the reason to place the right leg into lotus first is to accommodate the asymmetry of the abdominal cavity. According to Yoga Shastra, placing the right leg first into Padmasana and the left leg on top purifies liver and spleen, while placing the left leg first does not produce any desirable result. Padmasana right-side-first is also thought to stimulate insulin production.
    Marcie Mata Dhas quotedlast year
    Lie on your back and, inhaling, bend your left knee and lift your right shoulder off the floor; bring them as close together as possible. Exhaling, lie back down. On the next inhalation, repeat the exercise using your right knee and your left shoulder. Continue alternating sides until you feel your abdominal muscles fatigue. Perform this exercise daily and feel how range of motion and endurance significantly increase. The muscles performing this movement are the same muscles used in Pashasana (the external and internal oblique abdominis), which form the second and third layer of the abdominal muscle group. Become aware of their function when performing this exercise and then carry this awareness into your asana practice.

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