Kino's upcoming Ashtanga book got me thinking about cover art, what would you put on the cover? You don't want to scare anyone off but then you also want to reflect certain aspects of the practice.
Do you choose your favourite asana, the one you thing you look best in or one that best reflects the tile of the book. Key words on the cover of Kino' are Power, Strength, Flexibility, Inner peace.
Also how much input does the author have in choosing the cover art, or the title for that matter who gets the final say?
The cover below is curious ( I don't know this book) as the asana on the cover doesn't appear in any of the Ashtanga series let alone Primary ( Anon. in Comments has mentioned it's not SKPJ Ashtanga).
Lino's Miele's book, the only one here without a picture, or the authors name for that matter, kind of gives the impression of being written by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois himself (small print points out it was under his guidance, Lino's name is on the spine).
John Scott's cover art changed, I like the movement in the second cover, although I think that might have been the earlier edition.
Gregor goes for a third series or Advanced A posture although the book covers primary series.
Jason's book, see his blog Leaping Lanka, as it subtitles, stories from beyond the mat rather than a treatment of Primary series itself. including it anyway for the cover art.
Juliet Pegum squeezes in a couple of extras asana on the cover
Matthew with the nastiest of the Standing posture in his Primary to Advanced.
Early and later editions of David Swensons no 'power' in the title but is there a more powerful image of the practice than a deep warrior B
Another cover which tries to capture the movement of the practice
Claudia's doesn't really presentthe Primary series but I'm including it anyway as it's about Ashtanga in general and has one of my favourite covers, strength, flexibility, balance, poise non threatening wouldn't it make you want to give Ashtanga a try?.
Tara's book, the first yoga book I started with, found in the local library.
Haven't seen a copy of Ashtanga yoga for Woman, Suzanne mentions it in the comments
and of course....
And what of the DVD's
Sharath's, practiced with this for a month or so,it's quick primary in 60 minutes and enabled me to move from David Swenson's 40 minute short practice to the full practice before work in the mornings. Eventually I just got up earlier.
Lino's Primary, I have his earlier DVD which is just a demonstration, this one I believe gives more guidance.
I was planning to add links to these but the ruddy Olympics and the BBC's excellent catch up coverage made me late starting practice this morning, so links to come and let me know if you think I've missed anything out.
Any favourites out of these? Recommendations for beginners coming to this page and wondering which book or video to start with especially if your beginning practice at home and don't have any or perhaps limited access to teacher?
My vote goes for the complete beginner is David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga because it has a couple of simpler variations for every posture and those excellent short sequence practice sheets at the back. For Video's, the one I started with myself Mark Darby's for similar reasons. You have him doing the regular series and Nicole Bordeleau giving simpler options/variations, lots of safety tips I seem to remember to avoid injuring yourself. Long time since I watched it, I keep lending it out and have to keep begging for it back.