“99% Practice ~ 1% Theory” – K. Pattabhis Jois
David’s book was the first one published back in 1999 and it is still one of the best in a crowded field of books about the Ashtanga Primary Series.
This book is perfect for a little help when I practice at home. With over over 650 photos, it’s no wonder that people call it “The Most User-Friendly Yoga Book Ever Produced”.
David devotes two facing pages to each posture in Surya Namaskara A & B, the Standing Sequence, Primary Series, Intermediate (Second) Series and the Finishing Sequence. Each page has a little verbage about how-to-do-it, including drishti (the point of gaze) and crucially, photos of variations.
What’s especially nice is the spiral binding, which means that the book stays open flat while I practice.
Plus, this practice manual has “cheat sheets” for each section of the practice, so I don’t have to turn a page after each posture (I almost always forget some part of the sequence). I’ve even photocopied these pages for travel.
Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual also has a hard cover, so it should hold up well through years of daily practice.
Finally, I should mention that in the Full Flow section of Ashtanga Yoga, David also includes three short Ashtanga yoga sequences for the “time-challenged” (15, 30 and 45 minutes).