Yoga Mala, Pattabhi Jois
If you want to read about ashtanga yoga, you’d be hard pushed to find a better place to start than Pattabhi Jois’ Yoga Mala. He explains the context and the eight limbs and then goes through the primary series of asanas in detail, including the correct vinyasas (breathing and moving system). This is ashtanga yoga according to Guruji himself. Purchase from Amazon or in the triyoga shop.
Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana, Sharath Jois
Sharath Jois is the grandson of Pattabhi Jois and Director at the KPJAYI in Mysore. He is the world’s most advanced practitioner of ashtanga yoga and the preeminent authority of its traditional practice. Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana is Sharath’s documenting of the ashtanga yoga system with clear instructions on asana, breath, dristhi and more. This is ashtanga yoga as it is taught today in Mysore. If you can’t find it online to buy, ask me and I’ll see if I can help.
Dharma Yoga, Hamish Hendry
Hamish Hendry of Astanga Yoga London is one of only a few KPJAYI-certified teachers worldwide and the most senior ashtanga teacher in the UK today. He’s also my main teacher and I get to assist him regularly at his Dharma Shala in Euston. Dharma Yoga is an accessible introduction to key texts including the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras and the Ramayana. In it, Hamish explains “my aim is to help yoga students move beyond the physical practice of asanas and to offer a handbook which students can return to and find refuge in.” Purchase online here or ask me.