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The Art of Vinyasa takes a unique look at Ashtanga yoga as meditation in motion that produces profound inner change. Two of the most well-respected teachers of the Ashtanga style of yoga, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, explore this rigorous practice not as a gymnastic feat but as a meditative form. They reveal that doing the practice - and particularly the vinyasa, or the breath-synchonized movements - in such a deep and focused way allows practitioners to experience a profound awakening of the body and mind. It also develops an adaptable, flexible practice that can last a lifetime.

Freeman and Taylor give an in-depth explanation of form, alignment, and anatomy and how they work together in the practice. They also present a holistic approach to asana practice that includes an awareness of the subtle breath and seamlessly merges yoga philosophy with practical technique.

Unlike other books on Ashtanga, The Art of Vinyasa does not follow the linear pattern of the sequences of postures that are the hallmark of Ashtanga yoga. Instead it interlinks the eight limbs - yama and niyama (ethical practices); asana (postures); pranayama (breathing); pratyahara (nongrasping of the senses); dharana (concentration); dhyana (meditation); and samadhi (harmony, insight) - and shows how to establish an internally rooted yoga practice.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor are brilliant teachers authors

Brilliant resource for Yoga enthusiasts and Teachers. Perfect mix of all Limbs of yoga both practical while maintaining traditional roots

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  • ginger
  • 24-07-2017

Shockingly profound and accessible

I had to pause my read and leave a review, it's that good. The writing is gorgeous and the narration is perfect.

I've been practicing yoga for almost 2 decades. Many of the concepts covered in this book, I'm familiar with. I'm sure that helped. Nonetheless, the depth to which the author reveals insight and wisdom is marvelous. It's going to take me a long time to finish this book because I frequently repeat sections just to allow myself to contemplate and visualize the information. While Richard Freeman is an Ashtanga yogi, this is a great complement to any style of yoga. If you teach, are interested in teaching, or simply want deep in your practice of yoga, definitely read this book

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  • Otto
  • 20-04-2018

What an exciting and informative book

Deepening the practice and explaining the poses to very high degree makes this book an essential part of any students Arsenal.

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  • Luis
  • 09-04-2019

THE BEST OF THE BESTS I'VE EVER READ

ITS A MUST MUST MUST!!! I haven't found this information anywhere else. Specially if you want information (all about it) regarding mula bandha.

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  • Marina Stan
  • 29-12-2018

Great book!

This book is so beautifully written! It gives insight on philosophy, techniques, a bit of history too! It's a book worth both reading and listening!

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  • Cory
  • 03-04-2018

Codex by a living ashtanga master

Would you listen to The Art of Vinyasa again? Why?

I already have. Freeman's words flow densely and the weight of his experience allow one to hear, see, feel and listen to an ashtanga pioneer

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Her voice is gorgeous. I even had a chuckle when she dropped her voice to say some Sanskrit words. Sounded like she was having fun

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If you have considered a mature, respectful way to enter traditional yoga, ashtanga and Freeman are a force to be considered

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  • IndyInAsiaPacific
  • 01-11-2018

The Authors’ Voices Would Have Been Superior

This is a great book. It is almost a great Audiobook, kept from greatness only by the disappointment that the narration was not done by Richard & Mary. Richard Freeman has one of the most pleasant, mesmerizing voices in The Three Worlds. I wonder why he did not undertake to voice this audiobook?

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  • Rosie Edmonds
  • 27-04-2018

beautifully constructed

beautifully constructed and easy to follow, I am so very drawn to Mary and Richards teachings

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  • Olivier
  • 18-07-2018

Absolutely loved it

Absolutely loved Richard Freedman insight on the practise of ashtanga. Will definitely listen to it again. Highly recommend it.

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