Originally, I intended to write this blog only in German, as it is about the translation into German of an Ashtanga book that has already been around for a few years. Why would I write in English about a book in German?
Upon second thought, I decided to write about the book anyway, for two reasons:
1) It is authored by the current lineage holder for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Sharath Jois.
2) It is the most concise overview over the approach of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in book form currently available.
Obviously, this blog will mainly be of interest for you if you are already a practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Sharath Jois is the grandson of Patthabi Jois who established Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Since Patthabi Jois’s death in 2009, Sharath is considered to be the most authoritative teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, the Paramguru (highest guru, e.g. teacher). His book is called Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Anuṣṭhāna (see below for the meaning), and it was first published in 2013 and in a slightly modified version in 2016.
What I like most about Sharath’s book is its minimalistic approach (brevity is the soul of wit ?). In 92 pages, you can find the exact vinyasa count for all of the positions of the Primary Series. In addition, the book explains the meaning of Aṣṭāṅga Yoga as a philosophical concept, the tristhāna method (the combination of body position, breathing and gazing point), some therapeutic exercises and a few mantras, including the opening and closing mantra.
Katharina Krank of the Ashtanga Yoga Studio Freiburg has translated the book into German (101 pages). The German version is at least as good as the English original in terms of quality of print.
If you want to order the book in German, you can do so directly on the website of the Ashtanga Yoga Studio Freiburg at a price of 25 € plus 1,90 € for mailing expenses. The studio is offering a discount – if you buy 5 copies, you save 2 € per copy and 3 € per copy if you order 10 copies.