The first copy of my Krishnamacharya book turned up today, I'm a little disappointed. I'd proofed the pdf preview they allow you to download but it looked a lot different on the Mac than it does in print. I don't think the font really works and where they've blown up the original version to A4 it's made the font seem twice the size. That's not necessarily a bad thing as a 'mat book', it's big enough that you can glance over at the instruction easily but it's not quite right. The layout and format could be a lot better and the asana table from Yogasanagalu is pretty blurred ( there is a downloadable version on the yogasanagalu page at the top of the blog).
I've discounted it by 50%
On reflection, the first part of the book, the simplified asana instructions derived from Yoga Makaranda is probably OK, useful. Most of the second half is probably fine, except for the asana table mentioned above and a couple of the photo tables where the pictures are too small to be of much use. I'll be adding links to the originals here over the next couple of days.
I've just published a book on Krishnamacharya's early work via Lulu.com, mainly because I wanted my own print copy of this material.
This book is an attempt to make Krishnamacharya's early asana practice more accessible. The books streamlines and strips back the instructions for Primary asana from Yoga Makaranda (1934) and places them into the asana table order of Yogasanagalu (1941), this should make them easier for us to approach from contemporary Ashtanga vinyasa.
In this way, given a more familiar structure, it's hoped that other aspects of Krishnamacharya's approach to asana might be explored, the longer stays, slower breathing, the circumspect use of Kumbhaka ( retaining the breath in or out after the inhalation and exhalation for 2-5 seconds) as well as the development of a more integrated practice.
It's comprised of my Yoga Makaranda Primary group poster, the vinyasa count and kumbhaka sheets for individual asana, the striped back asana instruction as well as articles on different aspects of Krishnamacharya's practice, kumbhaka, extended stays, bandhas, chakras, samyama, Yoga Philosophy.
It is very much a FiRST edition, the hope is to develop it further some time in the future. I've discounted the book by 50% on Lulu but unfortunately Amazon (when it reaches there next month) won't allow me to discount.
I'm a little traumatised by what I've left out of Krishnamacharya's original Yoga Makaranda but I hope that the book might encourage readers to download and study Krishnamacharya's original works more extensively.
You can see an extensive PREVIEW here
Each has an section has the Vinyasa poster followed by my stripped down instructions based on the English translation of Yoga Makaranda followed by Krishnamacharya presentation of the asana
Hopefully it's useful, I've found it to be so in my own practice since stripping back the asana instructions as well as in preparing and presenting the recent and up coming Krishnamacharya workshops.