'I suggest a metal frame for the poster. Since the image is a standard size you should be able to have any frame shop order it. The metal frame would also be strong. Rather than glass perhaps you should consider Plexiglas. It's a bit more expensive, but it is much lighter in weight than glass.
You could also have it dry mounted to foam core or gator foam (more rigid
and more expensive). Another method of preserving is lamination. Due to
its size, it will be costly, no matter what you do'.
A couple of things to mention before you run off and order it. This is a poster of the syllabus as taught to David Williams back in the 70's. Primary and Intermediate are pretty much the same but David has the old Advanced A and B series that were later divided up into 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.
One of the benefits of being a home Ashtangi Kramarite is that you can choose your Ashtanga decade. I'm leaning towards the 70's of David Williams but you might prefer the 80's and the David Swenson and Richard Freeman books and teaching video's or perhaps the 90's and Lino's book. You could also go back to the 50's and Jois's own Yoga Mala or just go with Sharath and the present manifestation of the practice.
The poster matches almost exactly the sequence in the David Swenson Advanced A and B video filmed in 1997, described as,
'An historic presentation of the original Advanced A & B series never before documented. On this DVD you will find the original Advanced A and B Series of Ashtanga Yoga as demonstrated by some of it's first Western practitioners. It is an historic and aesthetic documentation.'
Three things that stuck me about the poster right off.
1. Advanced A is LONG, seeing it laid out it's not surprising that they decided break up Advanced A and B into shorter series, that said I can't wait to try it as it is on the poster, probably next Tuesday.
2. Mark Singleton may well be mistaken with regard to the extent of the influence of the Physical culture movement of the 1920's on Krishnamacharya's legacy in his book Yoga body.
When watching an Ashtanga practice your often struck by the Vinyasa, the linking of the postures, and when you think of these transitions, whether the half or full vinyasa, along with many of the standing poses, then there does appear to be similarities with some of the old videos of the physical culture movement. And yet, when you stand in frount of David William's poster of the complete syllabus all your seeing are the postures, these strange, wonderful, often intricate poses. Seen in this way it's difficult to draw any other association than with yoga.
Krishnamacharya may well have come up with many of theses postures, whether as modifications of or preparations for other postures but the influence seems more likely to have come from old texts, painting and perhaps the carvings on the walls of temples than anything in a western gymnastics manual. Vinyasa might have got Krishnamacharya through the door of the Mysore palace and a place in it's gymnasium but looking at this poster and it's all yoga baby.
The western influence of the Physical culture movement on modern postural yoga is only one aspect of Mark's Singleton's book, click HERE to read his clarification of his intentions.
3. What happened to the poster David Williams refers to on this, his own, poster and website, where he writes,
'When I arrived in Mysore in 1973, the "Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus" was framed and hung on the wall of Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Pattabhi Jois told me the syllabus was the list of the four series of postures and pranayama from the Yoga Korunta...'
David doesn't indicate how big it was, just that it was framed and that it was a list of the postures.
Does anyone have a photo of it, I've looked at all the pictures I could find of the old Shala? Has anyone else heard tell of it?