First published by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 1962, Yoga Mala outlines the traditional ethical principles and philosophy underlying Ashtanga Yoga, and then steps through the vinyasa method for each asana in the primary series. The Ashtanga technicians can note the evolution of the practice, comparing what’s described in this book with what is generally practiced today, but the underlying method of Ashtanga Yoga remains consistent: a clear and structured asana practice, every breath and movement executed with focus, with precision, with discipline and with dedication, in order to develop peace, health and self-knowledge. Not an easy read but undeniably the ‘original’ guide.
By Sri K Pattabhi Jois
What then is yoga? The word has many meanings: relation; means; union; knowledge; matter; logic; and so on. For now, let us say that the meaning of yoga is upaya, which means path, or way which we follow or by means of which we can attain something. […] The mind should seek to attain what is best.