Gregor Maehle’s book is an interesting combination of a description of the history, philosophy and techniques of the Ashtanga Yoga method, the asana of the Primary Series with photographs, vinyasa count, and anatomical illustrations, and a translation and commentary on Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. There is a huge amount of information in the book. You can read more about Gregor on his website www.8limbs.com.
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy
By Gregor Maehle
The most visible aspect of the Ashtanga Yoga system is the different yoga asanas (postures). More important, though, is the invisible content, which consists of three fundamental techniques. These techniques bind the postures together on a string so that they become a yoga mala or garland. In the Vinyasa Yoga system the body is used as a mantra, the postures represent beads, and the three fundamental techniques form the string that holds the beads together to create a garland of yoga postures. The system is designed to work as a movement meditation, where the transitions from each posture to the next are as important as the postures themselves.