Lino Miele's book finally arrived from Yogamatters via Amazon, or is that the other way around. Turned out they didn't have any in stock and had to wait for the next delivery. Bit annoyed because they didn't bother to tell me what was going on. But....may Yogamatters be happy, may Yogamatters be safe etc....
Wasn't able to find any previews of the book, no sample pages on Amazon. And to be honest had I had a look inside it I probably wouldn't have bought it. iIwas expecting something along the lines of Swenson's book but from Lino's perspective on Ashtanga. That said, while I wouldn't have bought it myself I would have loved to have received it as a present. It's nicely bound and laid out and I have and will use it.
So what do you get. Well a nicely bound and produced hardback. It's pretty much just first and second series vinyasa. Each page has a picture of Sharath, not Lino, in an Asana. Beneath that the supposed benefits (never really convinced by all that). On the opposite page is the point of the book, the corresponding vinyasa count.
IN 1 EKAM Hands up
EX 2 DVE Uttanasana
and so on. At the end of the book there's a couple of pages on Pranyama and the Chakras. Oh and at the beginning of each sequence you have the whole sequence laid out in John Scott's cool line drawings.
I've found it useful a few times to double check the breathing sequence and it's lay out makes that quick and easy. If you don't have Lino's DVD I'd recommend spending your money on that instead. But if you have loved one who practices Ashtanga and they don't have it, well next birthday or Christmas .......