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As I mentioned in the previous post, I've decided to go with the old, I hesitate to say original, Advanced A series.
I just feel it balances up the series better and makes it feel less arm balance heavy. It's also a little sad to think that hardly anyone practices it this way anymore, and seeing as I'm unlikely to ever practice it in a Shala, why not.
I like the extra poses, Sayanasana is in it, one of my favourites. Looks great in pictures, less so on video I think I managed to hold this one for about an inhale, no more.
There's also the one legged Kapo, Eka pada Kapotasana which is harder than it looks (got myself a mat burn on my foot trying to untangle) the absurd twirling around Parivritthasana I used to do in Vinyasa krama and a very cool lowering down Uttana Shalabhasana. Mulabhandhasana is in it from 4th series as is Kandapidasana from 5th (?), luckily right at the end. best of all as I mentioned earlier my least favourite asana, Hanumanasana is the last pose.
Down below is the list of asanas. This comes from David Swenson's Advanced A and B series DVD and is filmed in Hawaii. This is how it's described on Ashtanga.com
Originally, Ashtanga yoga was taught in four levels: Primary, Intermediate, Advanced "A" and "B." Today it
is taught as six series with Advanced "A" and "B" being series 3-6. This DVD is an historic presentation and artistic documentation of the original Advanced Series offered with love and respect for this beautiful system of yoga and to its teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois. The video features David Swenson, Helena Berg, Robert Boustany, Lucy Martorella and David Williams.
Advanced B is interesting too. Tic Tocks turn up there along with the headstands from Intermediate series(without vinyasas in between)
Anyone know when it changed and what the thinking was. If I remember correctly in the Encinitas DVD and the youtube video from the same period (1987?) It was pretty much 3rd as it's practiced now but with some 4th series asana added on the end.
Old (original?) Advanced A Ashtanga series list
Vishvamitrasana (Names of the first three asanas are switched, this is how Swenson has them)
urdhava Kukutasana A (Swenson enters this from handstand, now the 5th series version)
Astavakrasana A (Swenson enters from handstand again)
Viranchyasana A ( This is were it begins to differ from the current 3rd series)
bakasana hatha Yoga (Like the Bakasana in the link except that both legs are balanced on one arm)
Ekapada Dhanurasana (half way down page on link)
Vrishchikasana (like the asana above this is lowered into from handstand as above, then the legs brought over)
Sayanasana (my picture above)
Parivritthasana ( In the link it's called madalasana A)
Advanced B list to come.
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