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But first, Yamini is also a Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher , here she is in a performance that the Youtube intro says includes some Ashtanga asana.
Yamini Muthanna studied with BNS Iyengar for over twenty years, he kindly writes the forward.
Here's the introduction to how to use the book.
There is page reflecting on the koshas
The challenge for me with the book is that the sequences appear to be tied closely to the idea of chakras, asana are chosen that are thought to overcome the malfunction of one or more particular chakras causing the problematic condition. For Yamini, chakra are inseparable from the study of Ayurveda and thus her approach to these sequences.
"For the sequencing patterns I have used the approach of Ayurveda to understand the chemical required for therapy to a particular problem. Accordingly practiced and researched on the asanas which targets the organ which produces the chemical and set up the sequence".
If you're unconvinced by the chakra model or the evidence suggesting one asana will affect a chakra then you may take issue with the central premise of the book. Yamini does also relate chakra to western medicine and the glandular systems.
EG. "Manipura is believed to correspond to the cells of the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands".
See too my recent post where I looked at Krishnamacharya's discussion of the different chakra.
A Mudras and bandhas section, here's the first page.
A Pranayama section
Yamini presents a basic 'routine at the beginning of the book made of a pre and finishing sequence, the picture below is part of the pre sequence. In a sense this is similar to having the Sury's and something not unlike the standing sequence along with the finishing sequence from Ashtanga. The individual sequences for particular conditions and states that Yamini presents throughout the main section of the book will then slot in between with some modifications to the standing and finishing sequence indicated by a chart at the frount of each sequence. Sounds complicated but it's actually quite strait forward and well laid out, I'll go through an example sequence later.
A large section at the back of the book goes through each asana, below we see Yamini's treatment of Sirsasana
A very interesting section on precautions and common injuries.
EXAMPLE SEQUENCE FOR HELPING COPE WITH DEPRESSION
Yamini relates depression to malfunctioning of Manipura chakra ( note how she writes "Manipura is believed to correspond to the cells of the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands". )
Try out some of the sequences and chakras or not you might find them enjoyable and interesting to practice as well as giving thoughts to how you might approach presenting asana to your own students.
Description About the Book "The Power of Yoga explores the profound nature of yoga by demystifying ancient Sanskrit texts on the subject and a plethora of philosophies governing its practice, and making them relevant to present times. While Patanjali's Yoga Sutras provide us the roadmap to understand the way of this science, the 21 Yoga Sequences for modern lifestyle-related disorders elaborated upon in this book make it a valuable aid for the modern-day practitioner, more so since it is presented in simple language without diluting the authenticity of the techniques. Structured primarily as a Sequence Manual, this book offers customised yoga routines to help people cope better with their day-to-day demanding schedules. The sequences are also categorised and visually depicted for a better understanding. Ultimately, The Power of Yoga seeks to enlighten the readers on the deeper significance of yoga by encouraging them to further explore it as a timetested and an established science. About the Author Having studied Ashtanga Yoga with Mysore-based B.N.S. Iyengar for over 22 years, Yamini Muthanna runs Yogasthala, a yoga school in Bengaluru where people from all walks of life and across the globe - architects, entrepreneurs, artists, techies, CEOs, housewives, students and doctors among others - learn Ashtanga Yoga. Yamini has conducted workshops at yoga studios in London, New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles. A purist, she uses yoga techniques handed down by the ancient masters. She has been successful in interpreting theYoga Sutras to make them accessible to the common people. She has, for instance, mapped out specific yoga sequences to tackle several modern-day stress related situations - preparing for an important meeting, speech or presentation at work, overcoming addictions, conquering social anxiety, anger, insomnia and much more.
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Here's another Bharatanatyam performance by Yamini - Theme Based on Vedas - about Mind "Manas". There is a review of "Manas" here http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev14/rev1626.html