Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, ‘Yoga Mala: the Seminal Treatise and Guide from the Living Master of Ashtanga Yoga’, North Point Press, 1999.
Mala means “garland” in Sanskrit, and Yoga Mala–a “garland of yoga practice”– is Jois’s distillation of Ashtanga. He first outlines the ethical principles and philosophy underlying the discipline and explains its important terms and concepts. Next he guides the reader through Ashtanga’s versions of the Sun Salutation and its subsequent sequence of forty-two asanas, or poses, precisely describing how to execute each position and what benefits each provides.
Brought into English by Eddie Stern, a student of Jois’s for twelve years, Yoga Mala will be an indispensable handbook for students and teachers of yoga for years to come.