As far as I can tell the Serial Samakritha Shikshaka mentioned in the first and 2nd year seems to be a Sanskrit course
Here's the reading list and below that the same list with links to editions either free pdf an/or perhaps on Amazon.
(siva?) Sutra Samhita
We can see that Pattabhi Jois begins the course by introducing his students to Sanskrit in the first and 2nd year but also in the first year we see he includes the first part of his Book Yoga Mala, this section of his text outlines the Yama and Niyama, the moral guidelines of Patanjali's Ashtanga.
In the second and third year Pattabhi Jois covers the classic Hatha yoga texts, The hatha yoga pradipka in the second year, the Gheranda in the third and Siva Samihita in the fourth as well as Yogasanagalu in the third year from which much of the hatha material is said to be originally taken and is a full treatment of the Ashtanga 8 limb methodology. The fourth year gets deeper into yoga philosophy with the yoga upanishads the bhagavad gita and at last Patanjali's actual yoga sutras, perhaps following the sanskrit course in the first two years read in the original sanskrit. Adi Sankara's text Aparokahanubhuti is also included in the fourth year. Pattabhi Jois belonged to the Hoysala Brahmin caste, a subset of the popular Smarta Brahmins whose root teacher was Adi Shankara.
Ashtanga was always a spiritual/philosophical practice/enquiry, the classic yoga texts taught alongside the asana just as Krishnamacharya would lecture on yoga philosophy while his students presented their asana demonstrations. We lose focus perhaps when we approach our asana practice in isolation. However it was the yama and niyama that was taught right from the beginning the principles of the practice in the hatha texts and the philosophy grounding the practice taught in later years.
|or this recent Sanskrit course from Zoë Slatoff-Ponté who is also an Ashtanga teacher. |
I haven't seen a copy but have heard good things about it
UPDATE: Full Review of this text coming in a couple of weeks.
Part I is concerned Yama and niyama the 'moral' guidelines of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
|Pattabhi Jois' original text, still the ONLY* Ashtanga vinyasa 'method' book you really need|
|LINK to pdf on post|
Aparokahanubhuti (self realization by Adi Sankara)
I also have a soft spot for Aranya's excellent commentary HERE
Also Swamiji's online edition, an excellent resource HERE
tr. by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar
|Free pdf LINK|
from interviews with Pattabhi Jois
Namarupa Magazine, fall 2004
1.What did Krishnamacharya teach you?
"What my teacher taught me is exactly the same method I am teaching today. It was an examination course of primary, intermediate, and advanced asanas. He also taught me philosophy. For five years, we studied the great texts. He would call us to his house and we would stand outside and wait to be called in. Sometimes, we would wait the whole day. He would usually teach us for one or two hours every day: asanas early in the morning and, around 12 o’clock, philosophy class. He also taught us pranayama, pratyahara [sensory withdrawal], dharana [concentration], and dhyana [meditation]. And, in addition to the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, he also taught Yoga Vasishta, Yoga Yajnavalkya, and Samhita. And all in Sanskrit." Pattabhi Jois
see this new post
A Krishnamacharya Reading List
I've added the above post to my Sri K. pattabhi Jois resource page that sits at the top of the blog
See also perhaps this earlier post with links to texts in Krishnamachary's Yoga Makaranda bibliography
What did Krishnamacharya study with his Guru in Tibet- Yogacarya Krishnamacharya - The Purnacarya. Edited by Mala Srivatsan
'Original' Ashtanga yoga Syllabus given to Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 1974 Mysore
"In fact, David and I had no idea that there were two separate series until the end of that first four-month trip, when we were leaving, at which point Guruji gave us a sheet of paper with a list of the postures, which were listed as Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A, and Advanced B. At this point he told us to practice one series a day, and only once a day".
from Ashtanga Yoga as it was (The long and the short of it ) Nancy Gilgoff
Available as pfd download from googledocs
See my earlier blog post on Nancy's article