There is a recent addition in the shala’s library: in the true sense of the word an esthetic book about Ashtanga Yoga, actually a book of
About Richard Pilnick
The author and photographer is Richard Pilnick, an Englishman, originally a fashion photographer. On a trip to India, he discovers yoga, and simultaneously the ability to use his camera for looking into the depth of a person. He abandons his career as a fashion photographer and concentrates on portrait photography.
He discovers Ashtanga Yoga in 2014. His book, published in 2019, is ”a photographic celebration of Ashtanga“. Richard wants to inspire and he achieves this goal. He dedicated the book ”for all those who practice, and all those who are yet to practice“.
About the book’s content
In his book, you will find a picture of the individual positions and their names in Sanskrit – both in transliteration and in the devanāgarī script for the sun salutations, the standing sequence, the first four series (traditionally called Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A and B) and for the finishing sequence). It is not Richard’s intention to explain the details of each position or the vinyāsas. His intention is to show the beauty of the practice.
As “models” for the pictures, Richard was able to recruit leading Ashtanga teachers:
for the sun salutations David Williams (check out ”In search for yoga“),
for the standing sequence Gingi Lee,
for Primary series John Scott,
for the Intermediate series Dr. Ronald Steiner,
for Third series Laruga Glaser,
for Fourth series Kino MacGregor and
for the closing sequence Danny Paradise.
There is also one picture of Richard in a position, with typical British understatement – in śavāsana.