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Friday, 2 February 2018

Authorisation Update: Ashtanga teachers removed from the List - Manju Jois.

Update November 2018

To put all of the below in perspective, here's a Certified Ashtanga teacher who gave back her certification.

"Sill as old pain surfaced among so many ashtanga practitioners, next to nothing came from the old so-called leaders. And here’s me, watching myself carrying the same credential that the leaders use to hold themselves in a special place. The credential we as students use to hold them over ourselves! The line on the resume that’s supposed to make you turn up for their workshops and buy their videos and let them pretend to know things. Certification. A word we use to distribute power unequeally, and to evoke the privileges of silence when we have it. I was no different. When hierarchies maintain themselves through silence, it’s an indication they have nothing to offer. And here was me, doing the exact same thing to back up my seniors. I felt complicit, and didn’t want to be one of them. I decided the moral move was to give the title back. Do my tiny part to empty things out."


One of the most striking absurdities of Ashtanga's 'Listgate' (the removal of Certified teachers from the former KPJAYI.org list of teachers - now the Sharathjois.com list of teachers), is the removal of Manju Jois' name. What was he even doing on the list in the first place? As Pattabhi Jois son, just as with Saraswati, it goes without saying/listing that he is an authority on the practice as taught by his father. To remove his name strikes me as rather petty, families, what ya gonna do.

Update: This just in from Manju, it seems he didn't know he'd been added to the list in the first place (on the early list Sharath, Saraswati and Manju we're included at the top of the list, later Manju's name remained listed under the US up until at least June 2017 but was removed from January 2018 - see my Authorization 1980 to present post for screenshots.

The first kpjayi list 2008

Archived kpjayi list from June 2017

Update 8th feb 2018 :
A new 'honorary' category has appeared on the kpjayi (Sharathjois.com) teachers page



Unlike Sharath, who changed his name from Rangaswami to Jois after taking control of the institute on his grandfather's passing, Manju carries the name, he was there when Pattabhi Jois wrote Yoga Mala - Manju tells the story of Pattabhi Jois calling Manju in from playing outside to perform an asana with it's vinyasa while his grandfather wrote down the instructions. We see photos of Sharath in the current edition of Yoga Mala but it was Manju who was actually there during it's writing.

It was also Manju there teaching with his father in the old shala before the westerners came, in fact it was Manju who Norman Allan and David Williams first encountered demonstrating the practice, it was Manju who directed them to his father. It was Manju too who accompanied his father on his first trip to the USA, and Manju who stayed and is the real reason the practice took root in the soil of California and, along with those students of his and his fathers, who became teachers themselves before there was any mention of lists, spread.

Manju has taught ceaselessly ever since, traveling endlessly. I caught up with him twice in Crete and once in London. "Never fear guru's here", he disarmingly called out once, as he entered Kristina's shala in Rethymno. "I'm not a guru, just a messenger", he repeats again and again, evertime anyone tries to place him on a pedestal. At the Confluence in the US a  couple of years back he mentioned that '...parampara is often considered to be passed down from father to son, but that for Pattabhi Jois all his students were his children' thus parampara, for Manju  it seems, passes through all who have learned and pass on the practice.

Clearly Manju is dismissive of how the extended family of his father is being treated of late and that occasionally spills over into a line on fb, family's, who'd have 'em.

Note: Apart from the review of Manju's new book at the end of the post, the rest of the material below has been sitting on the resource page at the top of the blog for a couple of years. This video is new though, a recent interview with two dear friends of mine. Noelia http://insayoga.com/blog-sobre-yoga/  and Cosmin of Living Yoga Valencia, the intro is in Spanish but the interview in English.

 

also this interview with Greek subtitles that I've only just come across with excellent sound and Manju looking rather dapper.





I suspect Manju spends as much if not more time in Europe than he does in the US, as well as to more established shalas, Manju will go to the smallest of shalas, and teach perhaps the smallest group, to encourage and support nurture the practice in new places, just as he has always done.

and another following a workshop in Poland www.aysp.cz that I was just sent a link to and that I'll be listening to on the train to work

https://soundcloud.com/jedenprocentteorii/manju-jois
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Below, my Manju Jois Resource which sits as a permanent page at the top of the blog.

Interviews, reviews of his books, DVDs etc. 
A review of his most recent book at the end of the post.
Also, a selection of vides from YouTube, his adjustments, Q and A's, chanting and pranayama etc.


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MANJU PATTABHI JOIS RESOURCE


A stand alone page with all things related to Manju Pattabhi Jois.

This is a work in progress, for now I've just collected some earlier posts with interviews, videos, reviews etc. More material and links to come.




Reviews of My Teacher training  Course in Rethymno Crete with Manju. August 2013

Manju Jois TT Part 1 0f 4 : Photo preview: Manju's Workshop in Rethymno, Crete

Manju Jois TT Part 2 of 4 : Ashtanga Adjustments ?

Manju Jois TT Part 3 of 4 : Practice


Transcriptions and notes of  Crete Q and A sessions

Manju TT Crete Part 4A of 4 : Q and A - Development of the Ashtanga series etc.

Manju Jois TT course Part 4B of 4 : Questions and Answers - Rishi series? When to practice? Why 'females' shouldn't do Advanced series? When did SKPJ write Yoga Mala etc.

Manju Jois TT course Part 4C of 4 : Questions and Answers - Friday, final Q and A day. Woman and Ashtanga, Advanced series? Watching his father practice etc...

follow up

About a week after giving Manju a bit of a grilling in Q and A, I went to his workshop at Stillpoint London. I was a little afraid that I might have pushed a little too hard during the Q and A but as soon as Manju saw me in the foyer, he smiled broadly, "Hi Antony, I was just talking about you" and proceeded gave me the biggest hug. Manju : )

Manju at Stillpoint London - includes a video of Manju counting through the Sury's

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Earlier posts
Thursday, 12 September 2013


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Friday, 5 July 2013
This is just a post to launch a new stand-alone page sitting at the top of the blog that I've called Ashtanga History


Friday, 10 May 2013
Going to Manju Jois' TT in Rethymno, Crete August 2013 includes interviews and training videos(see below)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013


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Interviews with Manju - From his website



Manju Jois interviews and Teacher Training videos

I came across a nice interview with Manju Jois last night on the Aspiring Yogi blog.
I particularly liked these questions

KPJ: Describe your usual yoga practice/routine?
MJ: I practice yoga in the morning every day except Saturday. My routine is to get up at 4am, have a shower and practice for 1 hour, picking a few postures from the primary and intermediate series, then four or five postures from the advanced series. The asana practice is followed by chanting for ½ an hour.

KPJ: You have been teaching for 47 years. What changes have you noticed over that time, either in your own approach to teaching, or more generally in terms of Ashtanga yoga?
MJ: I teach in the traditional style that I learnt from my father. My aim is to keep the teaching pure and simple. Unfortunately the teaching is often not the same as when I learnt. I don’t know if it is because of a shortage of time, or they don’t know the traditional style or don’t want to teach it.

KPJ: What do you think is the most common mistake that people make when practicing yoga?
MJ: The biggest mistake that students make is overdoing their practice and not knowing when to stop. Yoga is supposed to be relaxing!  It is better to do fewer asanas perfectly with correct breathing, rather than lots of poses if you have forgotten about the breath and bandhas. Keep up your practice everyday. You don’t have to do 100 postures. Listen to your body, stop when it tells you it is stretched enough. People get hurt when they continue.

KPJ: In led classes, we hold each pose for five breaths. Is it appropriate to hold the pose for longer, especially if you have one side stiffer than another?
MJ: In Mysore style practice you can take as many breaths as you want. In fact, usually the body reacts after the fifth breath, so you need to stay longer to get the complete benefit. The Yoga Sutras say Sthira sukham asanam – meaning asana is a meditation and you have to stay in poses and breathe properly.

A couple of  Videos from Youtube of Manju's Teacher training workshop




While on the topic of Manju, here's the excellent video from Warsaw that I posed last year, Hooked on Yoga


here's the link to where the video was posted http://vimeo.com/19598795
and a link to manju's own website http://www.manjujois.com/


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Manju's teaching of  Pranayama

Transcription of this to come ( does anyone have notes on Manju's approach to Bhastika pranayama ( he didn't get around to it on the course, notes, videos etc. welcome)

Transcription to come of the video below.


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NB: VIDEO PAGE TO COME once I've trawled YouTube.

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My review of Manju's Book, DVD, CD

Manju Jois Bundle, DVD, Training manual and chanting CD - first look

The Manju Jois 'Bundle' arrived from Ashtanga.Com.

Took Six days from confirmation of order to delivery, USA to UK. Only regular first class post too, not express or anything special.

I've been thinking very seriously about taking Manju's workshop this year, thought I'd take a look at his kit. Only thing is, I'm so into my practice as it is at the moment with it's slow, slow breathing that I don't really have much inclination to do a straight Ashtanga anymore.

At least I didn't......


So very quick first thoughts, another fuller review to come.

BOOK - Ashtanga Yoga Training Manual Manju Jois and Greg Tebb ( this is was designed with Manju's TT's, Intensives and workshops in mind.


A little disappointed in the quality, bit cheaply produced it has to be said, although I like the layout (mostly, at times things get a little bunched up). Good to have a ring binder although it's not as strong as the one on David Swenson's book, get the feeling it would be falling apart towards the end of a workshop.

I was hoping for something a little special, a little different ( not sure what I was hoping for exactly) but it's just the pose and the instructions/count etc. which seems pretty standard. I mentioned I like the layout, pretty much a posture a page with a space for notes. I'm going to scan mine and then paste in Krishnamacharya's instructions for the same postures for comparison, should be interesting.

The nice touch is the quotes from Hathayogapradipka, Geranda Samhita, Yoga Rahasya etc.

One interesting thing to pick out, in the majority of postures we find, as in the page above for Janu Sirsasana

"Dasha diirgha rechaka puuraka" - 10 long inhalations and exhalations.


DVD - Ashtanga Yoga Workshop (*90 minutes)
*2 min for opening chant and 15 minutes in padmasana chanting rather than Savasana at the end of the practice so about 75 minutes for the actual primary series


This was a nice surprise. It has Manju Leading a class with the chant but get this, everybody repeats every word of the count including the names of all the postures, great way to learn and practice the count.

I'd heard Manju did this on his workshops, really looking forward to practicing along with it.

I mentioned that in the book we find...

"Dasha diirgha rechaka puuraka" - 10 long inhalations and exhalations.

I checked the video to see how long we get for those ten, long, inhalations and exhalations, about 25-30 seconds, give or take a second or two. Interestingly, Manju doesn't count the breaths ( leaving that up to you) I liked that, it means I can get three longish, half decent breaths in but somebody else might choose, five shorter ones...or ten pants.

Here are some comparisons to put it in perspective, all for when in Janu Sirsasana at dwe ( this is hardly fair though as the time varies slightly in the different postures, especially in the led classes of Manju and his father ( it's guess work in Led), for example Manju left them in the preceding posture for 30 seconds), the demo's are a different case. gives an idea though of the general pace of the practice.

David Robson - 40 seconds!
Richard Freeman - 29 seconds
Manju Jois - 25 seconds
Lino - 24 seconds
John Scott - 20 seconds
Kino - 20 seconds
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois - 20 seconds
David Swenson - 19 seconds
Sharath - 13 seconds

What me?
Grimmly - 90 seconds, but that's really only because of the 10 long inhalations and exhalations.

So the stay in the actual posture is generous but overall it's taken pretty fast and you have to go some to keep up, 75 minutes isn't long, the last fifteen minutes of the DVD's 90 Minute run time is taken up with chanting.

UPDATE: A comment came in from Sereaux on Dave Robson's Drum Beat Primary


"I've been practicing periodically to David Robson’s mp3 Ashtanga Yoga’s Primary Series to the Steady Beat of a Drum. It goes to a 4 second inhale and a 4 second exhale – so 5 breaths equates out to 40 seconds. Not quite 90, but nearly double the others. It has helped to keep me to recognize when and where I’m rushing – also helped me stay focused on the breath. I always tend to rush the inhale. All Sanskrit counting. Whole practice takes 109 minutes with opening chant, 3 Sury A, 3 Sury B, and only two paschimottanasana variations.
Sereaux"



Chant CD - Shanti mantras



Consists of the opening and closing chant and then the Shanti mantras, at slow and regular speed. Nice and clear, I could practice with these although I prefer Ramaswami's traditional way of teaching chants.


There's also a pdf with the chants and translations.

Was a little underwhelmed when I first opened the box but am getting quite excited now to getting stuck in and even more tempted by the thought of a his workshop.

UPDATE 7/5/2013
Coming back to this post three months later.

I mentioned in the post that I was quite wrapped up with my 'slow Ashtanga' practice based on Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda at the time the Manju bundle arrived. Recently I've shifted back to a pretty standard Ashtanga practice in the mornings ( VK and pranayama practice in the evening slot) and that has a lot to with Manju's DVD. I like that Manju doesn't count through the actual asana on the DVD, this means I can get in three long slow breaths while in the posture, this works quite well. I can get through the whole series without sacrificing (my approach to) the breath too much. I've been practicing along with the DVD on my days off, Sanskrit count getting inside my head, enjoying it. Rest of the week I take it a little slower still but not by much, add in a few extra VK postures, alonger stay or two ( kind of weaving the Vinyasa krama and Yoga Makaranda influences into my ashtanga practice) but not too many to upset the balance. Wish Manju did a led 2nd Cd or DVD as I've moved back to 2nd series in the mornings.

I like it so much now, as well as the TT videos in the post above, (and I've always felt drawn to Manju's approach to the practice in general, as suggested by interviews and workshop reports) that I'm finalising the logistics for attending Manju's week long TT in Crete, in August this year (finally a workshop in our quiet time at work). Excited.


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Manju's website


Link to Kristina Karitinou website 

Links to the extended Ashtanga yoga Greece family 

UPDATE: 2016

A short interview followed by one of Manju's
Led Primary classes.
pranayama
and chanting

LED PRIMARY


PRANAYAMA


CHANTING




INTERVIEW




WRITTEN BY HELEN CLARE ON 3RD MAY 2016. POSTED IN YOGA CLASSES 
CORNWALL, YOGA LIFESTYLE, YOGA NEWS

Manju Jois, son of the late Pattabhi Jois – founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, had some very interesting points to make about modern day yoga this week during a 5 day workshop here in Cornwall. He claimed, with a chuckle but an underlying tone of seriousness, that he is “still trying to clean up the mess that westerners have created”. He is referring to the current yoga world, with it’s myriad forms and styles, Instagram yoga celebrities, books, leggings and other products, all seeming to enhance the yoga experience.

For a start, Manju claims the name Ashtanga Yoga is just a label that westerners have applied to the style taught by his father, Pattabhi Jois. It is still Hatha Yoga, as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and was never meant to have been labelled as anything else, just as B.K.S. Iyengar never meant for his ‘style’ to have his name attached to it.

Ashtanga yoga has gained a name for itself as a very strict form of yoga practice, where the yogi must dedicate her or himself to 6 days a week, preferably at 6am, not progressing to the next pose in the series until each one is mastered. “Nonsense!”, exclaims Manju, ‘just enjoy yourself’ he declares. Other than resting on Moon Days, it doesn’t matter what days you do or don’t practise or how many times in a week – it doesn’t even matter if you don’t stick to the series or move on before achieving a particular pose. When asked in the first of our Q & A sessions what we should do if we can’t do a pose, he replies, “Just go on to the next one! Screw that pose and move on to the next one!”

The Ashtanga Primary series is a therapeutic sequence of poses, he went on to explain, but there are certain poses within the second, Intermediate series, that can help facilitate some of the more advanced first series poses. For example, Bharadvajasana and Ardha Matseyendrasana can help with the infamous Marichyasana D. In the very first workshop, Manju led us through the first half of the Primary series followed by the first half of Intermediate – much to everyone’s surprise, but offering a well-rounded practice.

Manju has a passion for chanting the Vedic mantras as part of the yoga practice and wants to impart the equal importance of chanting to asana practice, which is lost by so many of us in the West. Manju’s fear is that yoga has become nothing more than physical exercise – comparable to aerobics because of the way it is taught – diluted and changed from the traditional source. “Keep it the same and you cannot go wrong”, he says referring to the many teachers who are claiming to be teaching in their own style. Continue the tradition and teach what your teacher taught you, and avoid the Ego by striving to invent new things and stand out, is his solution.

Manju is clearly a dedicated yogi and messenger of his father’s, but his answer to so many questions is – stick to the tradition, and just enjoy yourself.


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NOTE:  Contradiction?


“Nonsense!”, exclaims Manju, ‘just enjoy yourself’ he declares. Other than resting on Moon Days, it doesn’t matter what days you do or don’t practise or how many times in a week – it doesn’t even matter if you don’t stick to the series or move on before achieving a particular pose. When asked in the first of our Q & A sessions what we should do if we can’t do a pose, he replies, “Just go on to the next one! Screw that pose and move on to the next one!” 

Manju’s fear is that yoga has become nothing more than physical exercise – comparable to aerobics because of the way it is taught – diluted and changed from the traditional source. “Keep it the same and you cannot go wrong”, he says referring to the many teachers who are claiming to be teaching in their own style. Continue the tradition and teach what your teacher taught you, and avoid the Ego by striving to invent new things and stand out, is his solution.

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If flexibility with regard to the practice, the postures, their order and application, is considered part of the approach Manju is taking, as he seems to suggest, then there is perhaps no contradiction. Taking too controlling an approach however, replacing the flexibility inherent in the approach with a strict adherance to dogma, seems to go against the spirit and essence of the Yoga Manju's father, Pattabhi Jois shared with his son.


"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)" 
Walt Whitman Song of Myself


UPDATE


Review: Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois
80 pages

Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois
Amazon Link

from the publisher
The word yoga has three meanings; opportunity, prosperity and unification. Yoga is also the sacred knowledge of how to heal imbalances and eventually become one with ourselves.
When Manju taught yoga with his father Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India in the 1960’s, almost all of the students had some form of disease or illness. Often health care could not help the patient and they were asked to go to yoga as a last resort. They then used the yoga therapy and knowledge of how to heal imbalances through yoga to cure and relieve physical and mental ailments.
This knowledge has never before been taught to western students, so it is with great joy we now open a window into one of the most fundamental, but the least explored parts of Ashtanga yoga.


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The Book carries Manju Pattabhi Jois' name above the title of the book but I was unclear perhaps how much of the book was actually written by Manju himself. Inside, it says "Text by Manju Jois, Anna Bjärkvik and Camilla Silva", with graphic design by Johan Lundback. the Translation by Claudia Hamilton. Anna Bjärkvik is credited as the publisher. It seems to be more inspired by Manju's recent yoga therapy themed workshops and it is presented as a "complement to Manju Jois' courses and workshops.

Anna Bjärkvik has mentioned that "...the book was made entirely under Manju's supervision and that it was his idea to create this book. He arranged the photo shoot and the content of the book. (In page 22 you can see that he is the one arranging the photo shoot) It is his words as exact as possible in the instructions and benefit of each asana and the tales are recorded when Manju told them for us and then written down. So everything except the introduction is Manju's words or an attempt to write down his exact teachings without adding any of our (Me, Camilla & Johans) personal opinions on the practice of yoga. We are very honoured to be part of this project to help share Manju's deep wisdom that comes from a place of experience and heart"

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There's still no LOOK INSIDE feature on Amazon for Manju's Jois' new book (This is unfortunate as many will buy the book solely on the basis of Manju's name without any idea of the actual contents ). I was delighted to receive  a review copy of Yoga Chikitsa : Health and healing Techniques, last week.  

On reflection the book is probably a little wasted on me, it's not really for the regular or home practitioner perhaps but for a teacher, possibly one who has attended one of Manju's new Yoga Chikitsa workshops. I've attended Manju's TT twice (highly recommended) but not the new therapy workshop.

Table of contents


Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois
Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois


This is not a regular presentation of the Ashtanga Primary series but rather a collection of asana taken from Primary, Intermediate or Advanced, that Manju has supposedly chosen for their suggested healing benefits.


Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois


We might question some of the posture choices for a book of this kind as well as the benefits claimed. While hanumanasana might be fine on one of Manju's Yoga Chikitska workshops where he is in attendance, given the minimal instruction in the book, it could conceivably lead to injury, likewise Eka raja kapotasana, Vatayanasana and gomukhasana.

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Structure

The first line of each asana presented is on Therapeutic benefits, these tend to be the same or similar in each group of asana presented.

The purpose of the selection of standing postures (five postures with their variations) tends to be to "...balance the imbalances in the hips  or stretch out the spine".

The 'Therapeutic purpose' of the selection for stiff shoulders (four postures), "Revolving tension around the shoulders and shoulderblades, releasing the emotional blockages  that could settle there".

Those for knee problems (five postures), to "....ease pressure on the knee joint, to reduce discomfort and revitalise the knee".

Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois

The back problems selection (three postures), all "To improve and revitalise the spine" and "...to relieve trouble with scolirosis",

Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois



Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois

The hip problem selection (two postures) "Correcting imbalances in the hips and counteract arthritis".

A group of postures for respiratory problems or a stiff chest (five postures) then to be "To open the chest and airways" and "...also rejuvinates the spine".

We have asana for stomach problems  (two postures) to "Energise the internal organs and ease stomach problems".

And a final two postures in the  Increased Strength group to "Increase the firmness and strength of the body".

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Each asana has a couple of lines under Technique, minimal instruction on how to enter the posture. Those for knee problems suggest putting a rolled up towel behind the knee, those in the Stiff Shoulders selection offer a suggestion of where an assisting teacher might rub the students back or shoulders.

The Technique section is sometimes the same as the Assistance section, the rolled up towel suggestion, a back or shoulder rub but more often than not a suggestion on how to support the student as they enter the posture, or not spring out of a posture when preparing to exit.

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Photos throughout the book tend to be of one student assisting another, I counted only four photos of Manju, which was disappointing, in one of which he's assisting.

Note: To see Manju assisting each of the primary and intermediate asana see these excellent videos.



Manju always encourages chanting on his workshops. The chants include the Sanskrit, roman transliteration ( I would have liked this to have been larger or even in bold to stand out more) and a translation. It's unclear if the translation is by Manju himself, indeed, how involved Manju was in the actual writing of the text.
Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois


Finally there are also a four charming short stories with a 'moral' in italics at the end.


Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois



As mentioned, this book may be more suited to those teaching who can try out the assists and shoulder massages on their students, regular and home practitioners may prefer Manju's earlier Book on the Primary and intermediate series.

see my review of Manju's earlier book here
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2013/02/manju-jois-bundle-dvd-training-manual.html


It's nice to get an insight into the new style of workshop that Manju has started offering, how he is quite prepared to introduce some Intermediate and Advanced asana to students practicing the Primary series. 

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The price of the 80 page, text light, book is a concern perhaps, $30 on Amazon.com. 

The price may be partly due to the fact the book is self published and in colour. I'm able to reduce my own book by 50% to bring it virtually down to cost on Lulu but Amazon don't allow me to change the price


To put the price in context, Patabbhi Jois' father's own book Yoga Mala is $12.23 ( down from $18).

Gregor Maehle's Ashtanga: Practice and Philosophy, 320 detailed pages of instruction is  $23:84 ($15.96 on kindle), Kino MacGregor's likewise detailed 240page instruction manual, $16.26

John Scots Ashtanga Yoga  is $11.89 (down from $21).

David Swenson's essential Ashtanga manual, Hard covered, ring bound, 260 pages covering all of Primary and Intermediate with several variations for every posture and short form practice sheets only $21.00

Even Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor's new Art of the Vinyasa is selling for less. $15.46 for it7s 336 pages ( down from $24.95).

Manju's nephew Sharath's book is more expensive however, at $34 for it's text lite 91 pages.

Manju's earlier book covering Primary and Intermediate is however a little more expensive $34.00 from Ashtanga.com

See my review page for reviews of all of the above

REVIEWS

That said the book is perhaps worth the price for this photo alone.

Yoga Chikitsa : Healing Techniques and assistance -Manju Jois


See my review of Manju's earlier book, DVD and CD here


And perhaps my recent post...



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A Reminder

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta
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