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Ashtanga Advanced series? Why


does the Advanced series
presentations differ from the
'Original' 1973 Ashtanga
syllabus
I was asked a question about Philippa Asher's
Advanced B poster and video I posted a link this
week in connection to Philippa's article in
Pushpam magazine. It was pointed out that
Philippa's Advanced B was different from the
Advanced B in the 1973/74 Syllabus Pattabhi Jois
gave to Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams.
http://ashtangaphilippa.com/
http://ashtangaphilippa.com/ From the late
Nineties, Philippa began learning the Ashtanga
system, daily before work (in the media, film and
music industries). For the last fifteen years she has
studied for several months each year at KPJAYI in
Mysore, practising under the guidance of revered
guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath
Jois. In 2006, Philippa established and ran
Triyoga Soho’s Ashtanga self-practice programme
in London. She taught there for five years before
moving to South India, to build her own shala (on
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a coffee estate in Sakleshpur, in the Western


Ghats). ASHTANGA NIRVṚTA is a stunning
homestay yoga retreat, which aims to bring
Ashtanga yoga to all levels of practitioners, in
nature (I've seen pictures, stunning). Full Bio
HERE Yes, the Advanced B above is indeed
different from the 'original' 1974 syllabus below.
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2012/08/the-
original-ashtanga-yoga-syllabus.html This post is
a work in progress, I need to look closely again at
all this material, go through the videos and match
everything up. This more of an attempt to make
long fb comment more readable. I wonder if the
change happened in 1994 when Lino tried to pin
Pattabhi Jois down on what actually constituted
Advanced A and B. I should check carefully the
video we have of Advanced in a garage that
Clifford posted, I suspect it might be closer to
Nancy and David's 73/74 syllabus than Lino's.
Clifford Sweatte VIDEO: Pattabhi Jois' led
Intermediate series Ashtanga 1989 Larger class,
Mixed ages and abilities from Clifford Sweatte I
don't think Pattabhi Jois knew what to do about
Advanced series ( or perhaps this is where we see
him come into his own). Primary and Intermediate
are close to Krishnamacharya's Primary and
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Middle asana list that we find in Yogasanagalu but


Krishnamacharya Advanced Asana list seemed to
be more a case of lumping advanced asana into
one list. Krishnamacharya's Yogasangalu table
1941
see http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/yogasanag
alu-translation-project.html We know from the
Iyengar 1938 video that Krishnamacharya was
teaching more advanced asana than was in the list
(suggesting Krishnamacharya may well have got
that list of asana from somewhere else (his
teacher? a text....yoga korunta?) So Pattabhi Jois,
knew all those Advanced asana (whether he
actually practiced all them or not) but didn't really
have a well constructed list to base them on, he
seems to have played around with several different
versions.
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2012/05/asana-
screenshots-from-krishnamacharya.html So we
have Krishnamacharya's lists and Iyengar
demonstration dating back to late 30s early 40s,
then we see Pattabhi Jois' 1974 list that he gave to
Nancy and David that Clifford learned from and is
teaching you. See the new version of Lino Miele's
book Ashtanga Yoga - The yoga of breath In 1994
we have a new Advanced A and B from when
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Pattabhi Jois sat down with Lino and then at some


point ( and I'm trying to find out which year this
happened) the early 1974 list and the later 1994
list being reordered into Advanced C, D, E and F
(possibly around 1996) later reordered again
perhaps into 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th (around 1999?).
Third and fourth seem to be pretty much Lino's
1994 A and B list but some of the asana from the
1974 syllabus seem to have turned up in 5th and
we don't really know what's in 6th. There also
seems to be a period when Advanced A and B were
practiced together, there's a poster that Derek
Ireland had
(http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/.../old-
illustrations...) Advanced A and B asana practiced
together
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2014/07/old-
illustrations-cheat-sheets-of.html and a couple of
Pattabhi jois Led videos on youtube. It shouldn't
be a surprise perhaps that some of the early
practitioners practiced Advanced A and B
together, we know several of Pattabhi Jois'
students practiced Primary and 2nd series
together so why not Advanced A and B. Joanne
Darby mentions in my review of Pushpam that she
practice Primary, 2nd And 3rd together in around
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three hours and Rolf Naujokat mentions he


practice Advanced A and B together for 28 years (
http://tinyurl.com/gm7je32) from my Pushpam
magazine review and Ashtanga and ageing I
particularly enjoyed this section on Ashtanga and
the Autumn of Life, how practice matures ( I have
my own page on this topic HERE). It's not just that
you can perhaps no longer approach practice as
you used to but that you begin to see it for the
attachment it is (to advanced asana) and are more
ready to let go. Joanne Darby was asked if she
misses the practice she used to have ( She used to
practice Primary, Intermediate and Advanced
series in three hours every morning), no she says
"I replace it with pranayama". Rolf Naujokat
replies to the same question "Create a practice out
of your understanding from what you have
(already) learned in order to nourish your body-
mind organism in a loving non-violent way" and
remember he says "Everything comes and
everything goes". The writer of the article and
editor of the magazine, Genny Wilkinson Priest
concludes the perfectly punctuated piece (in joke)
with "For all these older practitioners, Ashtanga
continues to support them and shape them they
wouldn't dream of quitting and will go on
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practicing whatever form it takes". She quotes


Pattabhi Jois: "Yoga is internal the rest is circus"
There is a part 2 article on practice and ageing
from Philippa Asher, I have a friend who is
constantly mentioning what an excellent teacher
Philippa is, she will be delighted to see this article
from her teacher. here are a couple of quotes from
Philipa's article. "I now also know that the length
of my practice in late thirties was too long. Before I
was split between Advanced A And Advanced B, it
took nearly three hours and i did not menstruate
for three years. I should have told my teacher
obviously. Ladies' holidays are important and if we
women are not menstruating they need to explore
why and then address the problem. The practice is
all about finding optimum spiritual, physical and
mental well-being". "Growing older makes practice
even more interesting." "It may be possible to
sustain my practice through my forties, but I'm
guessing that with each subsequent decade I might
be inclined to drop half a series". It's unlikely I
think that Pattabhi Jois practiced any of those
Advanced series as series in whatever version. see
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2015/08/did-
pattabhi-jois-practice-some-or-all.html More
likely I think Pattabhi Jois practiced Advanced
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asana with Krishnamacharya just for


demonstration as Iyengar did. To sum up. Pattabhi
Jois it seems based his Primary and Intermediate
series (with minimal rearrangement) on
Krishnamacharya's list (no doubt the one that
turns up in Yogasanagalu ( my visual
representation below)
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/yogasanagalu-
translation-project.html
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/yogasanagalu-
translation-project.html Krishnamacharya's
advanced list/group doesn't seem to have any
coherent order, just a place to randomly list
Advanced asana. Pattabhi Jois then, seems to have
arranged that list and perhaps other asana he and
Iyengar were taught by Krishnamacharya into two
series Advanced A and B that were occasionally
practiced together. Later, Advanced A and B seem
to have been simplified and perhaps turned into
Advanced A to D and later still arranged into 3rd
to 6th. Primary and Intermediate and the asana
thrown together in Krishnamacharya's Advanced
group with their vinyasa and kumbhaka may go
back further than Krishnamacharya, back to his
teacher Ramamohana Brahmachari or perhaps to
a table in a text (Yoga korunta anyone?) or he may
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have come up with it himself (personally I'm


guessing a text) but Advanced A and B, or 3rd to
6th are clearly recent. Pattabhi Jois may have
come up with Advanced A and B for the third and
fourth year of the Yoga course he was teaching at
the Sanskrit college in the late 1930s but 5th and
6th series are surely no earlier than the late 1990s.
When it is pointed out that Sharath is the only
person to practice 6th series (does he still, I
suspect not) all it's saying perhaps is that he's
practicing a sequence thrown together in the last
twenty years. Are 5th and 6th series anything other
than carrots dangled in frount of us? Pattabhi Jois
supposedly said that Primary was for everyone,
Intermediate for teachers and Advanced only for
demonstration. I practiced Advanced A and also B
for a short while (and like you Ricky I think I had
no place practicing Advanced B, I certainly didn't
smile through it like Philippa Asher does in the
video below), for me personally, now more than
ever, Primary and perhaps the first half of 2nd
seems quite sufficient for my purposes and
'history' too feels less important than it used to be
(but may bemore important than ever - links to
60+ post below). I asked Krishnamacharya in a
blog post to convince me why I should practice
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Advanced asana, he does have a response, see this


post Convince me Krishnamacharya are there any
serious benefits to Leg behind head postures?
Here's Philippa Asher smiling peacefully through
her Advanced B This is probably an Ashtanga yoga
Ashtanga Yoga Confluence question, when those
earlier practitioners are sitting around together
and can share notes about when the names of the
series and what constituted them was tweaked this
way and that. See also perhaps my Ashtanga
History page
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/ashtanga-
history.html POSTS RELATED TO ASHTANGA
HISTORY Ongoing Yogasanagalu (translation
project) Yoga Makaranda Part I and II
Krishnamacharya's 1941 Ashtanga Asana table
'Original' 1974 Ashtanga yoga Syllabus The
'Original' Ashtanga yoga Syllabus given to Nancy
Gilgoff and David Williams by Sri K Pattabhi Jois
in 1974 Mysore Ashtanga Rishi Series A series of
posts exploring the the 'Ashtanga Rishi Series'
mentioned at the end of Nancy Gilgoff's Article
"Yoga as it was" Ashtanga Asana Lists Old
Ashtanga Videos Tuesday, 5 July 2016 Ashtanga
Advanced series? Why does the Advanced series
presentations differ from the 'Original' 1973
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Ashtanga syllabus Thursday, 17 March 2016 The


perception of Ashtanga in 1995 - What was
Pattabhi Jois letter to YJ in 1995 referring to?
Thursday, 10 March 2016 Ashtanga Authorisation
1980 - Present. Includes first ONLINE teaching
list (Ashtanga.com 2004) and first AYRI teachers
list (2008). Tuesday, 26 January 2016 Sri K.
Pattabhi Jois' READING LIST from from the
'original' Ashtanga diploma syllabus list given to
Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams in 1974
Thursday, 3 September 2015 Pattabhi Jois Early
Asana Photos Friday, 28 August 2015 Did Pattabhi
Jois practice some or all of the Series he created
and if so for how long? Saturday, 8 August 2015
How Pattabhi Jois learned Yoga from
Krishnamacharya ( from Interviews ) Tuesday, 2
June 2015 Ashtanga yoga in 1995 (plus links to
posts on 1986 and 1988 YJ Ashtanga articles)
Monday, 2 March 2015 Pattabhi Jois,
Krishnamacharya and the Yoga Korunta story, as
told in 1986 YJ Friday, 20 February 2015 Pattabhi
Jois' ongoing relationship with Krishnamacharya -
PLUS Workshop Conference with Saraswati
Thursday, 9 October 2014 Norman Allan Week,
the first American taught by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois
(1973) Sunday, 10 August 2014 Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
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London 2002 Led Primary Videos Second visit to


London. Thursday, 31 July 2014 Early Ashtanga;
1989 Derek Ireland and Radha full Demo of
Ashtanga 2nd series ( plus a little of 3rd).
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 1988 Yoga Journal
Ashtanga yoga with Pattabhi Jois interview/article
inc. 10 second inhalation, 10 second exhalation
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 1989 Helsinki: Derek
Ireland Teaching Ashtanga Primary. "Derek
Ireland 'invented the talk through Primary" John
Scott Saturday, 26 July 2014 Old Illustrations (
Cheat Sheets) of Ashtanga Series Tuesday, 22 July
2014 Pattabhi Jois Performing Puja London 2002
plus talk on Krishnamacharya and coming to
practice yoga. Thursday, 10 April 2014 Clifford
Sweatte's 1985 Guruji Led 'Advanced A' in a
Hawiian garage video Tuesday, 8 April 2014 Derek
Ireland and Radha mid 80's TVAM Ashtanga spot
Friday, 4 April 2014 Guruji in Copenhagen 1996 -
Conference. Saturday, 7 September 2013 1974
Ashtanga syllabus, on the wall of the new shala
plus the even older 1941 Yogasanagalu table in
pictures Saturday, 6 July 2013 Old Ashtanga
Videos, Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois, Sharath -
full Pattabhi Jois led Primary, 2nd and Advanced
series, interviews etc. Thursday, 4 July 2013 In
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1937 "Guruji was teaching a 4 year course in


yoga... the same course outline (1974) that you
received from Nancy" Eddie Stern Thursday, 25
April 2013 The differences and distinctions that
emerged in Ashtanga : More on/from Petri
Räisänen's Ashtanga Yoga Primary series manual
Monday, 1 April 2013 'Krishnamacharya taught a
mountain of postures', Pattabhi Jois Tuesday, 19
February 2013 Krishnamacharya in Mysore :
Excerpt from Krishnamacharya's first Biography
by Mala Srivatsan Thursday, 31 January 2013
Interview With Krishnamacharya Sunday, 27
January 2013 What did Krishnamacharya study
with his Guru in Tibet- Yogacarya
Krishnamacharya - The Purnacarya. Edited by
Mala Srivatsan Saturday, 8 December 2012 Asana
Lists, lists and more lists plus TAN postures,
Counter postures Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Manju Jois interviews and Teacher Training
videos Monday, 12 November 2012 Old Mysore
Shala videos, Slow Ashtanga project and that 10
second inhalation Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Ashtanga Rishi Series made up of Rishi asana?
Friday, 19 October 2012 Quick Review: The
Breathing God : Der Atmende Gott.DVD cover
translation Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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Krishnamacharya 'stopping' ( or at least slowing)


his heart, medical journal article Presse Medicale-
1936 Tuesday, 4 September 2012 GUEST POST
Notes from 2012 Ashtanga Mela at Kripalu with
David Williams, David Swenson and Danny
Paradise Thursday, 30 August 2012 The 'Original'
Ashtanga yoga Syllabus given to Nancy Gilgoff and
David Williams by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 1974
Mysore Saturday, 25 August 2012 BNS Iyengar (
the other Ashtanga, the Ashtanga one) Ashtanga in
Mysore? Thursday, 23 August 2012
Krishnamacharya in Colour also Richard Freeman
and Pattabhi Jois, Jnana Mudra & utpluthi
Saturday, 9 June 2012 Krishnamacharya's Yoga
Makaranda, some extended stay options.
Thursday, 31 May 2012 Yoga is how old?
Mulabhandasana, Krishnamacharya and and Proto
Shiva Thursday, 17 May 2012 Balasahib's 'original'
1928 Suya Namaskar , sun salutation Friday, 18
May 2012 More on the 'original' Sun salutation of
1928 Wednesday, 9 May 2012 How to practice
Krishnamacharya's 'original' Ashtanga part 2
Friday, 4 May 2012 Sri K Pattabhi Jois Interview
'On Vinyasa', at Guy Donahaye's website Thursday,
3 May 2012 Is Ashtanga for young boys only?
What Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu has to
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say... Wednesday, 2 May 2012 Uddiyana bandha


and asana in Krishnamacharya's 'Original'
Ashtanga Sunday, 29 April 2012
Krishnamacharya's Complete 'Original' 1941
Ashtanga Syllabus inc. Proficient group Friday, 27
April 2012 Practicing the 'original ashtanga'
sequences in Krischnamacharya's Yogasanagalu
Saturday, 14 April 2012 '...yoga is not an anti
thought practice' Richard Freeman; Mirror of
Yoga... and as for Zen Wednesday, 21 March 2012
'...the Yoga Korunta, which was written on palm
leaves' Friday, 16 March 2012 Pattabhi Jois, "
That's Me"....... from yoga Unveiled Tuesday, 28
February 2012 More 'Glimpses of Guruji' from the
Sewell archive Friday, 24 February 2012 1st Series
Ashtanga & a Chat with Guruji at Chateau Renault
Thursday, 19 January 2012 Dear Nancy... ' Yoga as
it was" Nancy Gilgoff article in full, plus
UPDATED practice sheet Friday, 20 January 2012
More Ashtanga as it used to be (1978): Mark and
Joanne Darby interview David Williams giant
poster based on the original 1973 syllabus
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2010/12/so-
david-williams-complete-ashtanga.html David's
website with the syllabus
http://www.ashtangayogi.com/HTML/the-
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complete-asana-poster.html
I was asked a question about Philippa Asher's Advanced B poster and video
I posted a link this week in connection to Philippa's article in Pushpam
magazine.

It was pointed out that Philippa's Advanced B was different from the
Advanced B in the 1973/74 Syllabus Pattabhi Jois gave to Nancy Gilgoff
and David Williams.

http://ashtangaphilippa.com/

http://ashtangaphilippa.com/

From the late Nineties, Philippa began learning the Ashtanga system,
daily before work (in the media, film and music industries). For the last
fifteen years she has studied for several months each year at KPJAYI in
Mysore, practising under the guidance of revered guru Sri K Pattabhi
Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois.
In 2006, Philippa established and ran Triyoga Soho’s Ashtanga self-
practice programme in London. She taught there for five years before
moving to South India, to build her own shala (on a coffee estate in
Sakleshpur, in the Western Ghats). ASHTANGA NIRVṚTA is a stunning
homestay yoga retreat, which aims to bring Ashtanga yoga to all levels of
practitioners, in nature (I've seen pictures, stunning). Full Bio HERE

Yes, the Advanced B above is indeed different from the 'original' 1974
syllabus below.

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http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2012/08/the-original-ashtanga-yoga-
syllabus.html

This post is a work in progress, I need to look closely again at all this
material, go through the videos and match everything up. This more of an
attempt to make long fb comment more readable.

I wonder if the change happened in 1994 when Lino tried to pin Pattabhi
Jois down on what actually constituted Advanced A and B. I should check
carefully the video we have of Advanced in a garage that Clifford posted, I
suspect it might be closer to Nancy and David's 73/74 syllabus than Lino's.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Andvanced A class

I don't think Pattabhi Jois knew what to do about Advanced series ( or


perhaps this is where we see him come into his own).

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Primary and Intermediate are close to Krishnamacharya's Primary and


Middle asana list that we find in Yogasanagalu but Krishnamacharya
Advanced Asana list seemed to be more a case of lumping advanced asana
into one list.

Krishnamacharya's Yogasangalu table 1941

see http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/yogasanagalu-translation-
project.html

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We know from the Iyengar 1938 video that Krishnamacharya was teaching
more advanced asana than was in the list (suggesting Krishnamacharya
may well have got that list of asana from somewhere else (his teacher? a
text....yoga korunta?) So Pattabhi Jois, knew all those Advanced asana
(whether he actually practiced all them or not) but didn't really have a well
constructed list to base them on, he seems to have played around with
several different versions.

http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2012/05/asana-screenshots-from-
krishnamacharya.html

So we have Krishnamacharya's lists and Iyengar demonstration dating


back to late 30s early 40s, then we see Pattabhi Jois' 1974 list that he gave
to Nancy and David that Clifford learned from and is teaching you. See the
new version of Lino Miele's book Ashtanga Yoga - The yoga of breath

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In 1994 we have a new Advanced A and B from when Pattabhi Jois sat
down with Lino and then at some point ( and I'm trying to find out which
year this happened) the early 1974 list and the later 1994 list being
reordered into Advanced C, D, E and F (possibly around 1996) later
reordered again perhaps into 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th (around 1999?). Third and
fourth seem to be pretty much Lino's 1994 A and B list but some of the
asana from the 1974 syllabus seem to have turned up in 5th and we don't
really know what's in 6th.

There also seems to be a period when Advanced A and B were practiced


together, there's a poster that Derek Ireland had
(http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/.../old-illustrations...)

Advanced A and B asana practiced together


http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2014/07/old-illustrations-cheat-sheets-of.html

and a couple of Pattabhi jois Led videos on youtube.

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Ashtanga advanced practice with Sri K Pattabhi Jois 1989 Encinitas

It shouldn't be a surprise perhaps that some of the early practitioners


practiced Advanced A and B together, we know several of Pattabhi Jois'
students practiced Primary and 2nd series together so why not Advanced A
and B. Joanne Darby mentions in my review of Pushpam that she practice
Primary, 2nd And 3rd together in around three hours and Rolf Naujokat
mentions he practice Advanced A and B together for 28 years (
http://tinyurl.com/gm7je32)

from my Pushpam magazine review and Ashtanga and ageing

I particularly enjoyed this section on Ashtanga and the Autumn of Life,


how practice matures ( I have my own page on this topic HERE). It's not
just that you can perhaps no longer approach practice as you used to but
that you begin to see it for the attachment it is (to advanced asana) and

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are more ready to let go. Joanne Darby was asked if she misses the
practice she used to have ( She used to practice Primary, Intermediate
and Advanced series in three hours every morning), no she says "I
replace it with pranayama". Rolf Naujokat replies to the same question
"Create a practice out of your understanding from what you have
(already) learned in order to nourish your body-mind organism in a
loving non-violent way" and remember he says "Everything comes and
everything goes". The writer of the article and editor of the magazine,
Genny Wilkinson Priest concludes the perfectly punctuated piece (in joke)
with "For all these older practitioners, Ashtanga continues to support
them and shape them they wouldn't dream of quitting and will go on
practicing whatever form it takes". She quotes Pattabhi Jois: "Yoga is
internal the rest is circus"

There is a part 2 article on practice and ageing from Philippa Asher, I


have a friend who is constantly mentioning what an excellent teacher
Philippa is, she will be delighted to see this article from her teacher. here
are a couple of quotes from Philipa's article.

"I now also know that the length of my practice in late thirties was too
long. Before I was split between Advanced A And Advanced B, it took
nearly three hours and i did not menstruate for three years. I should have
told my teacher obviously. Ladies' holidays are important and if we
women are not menstruating they need to explore why and then address
the problem. The practice is all about finding optimum spiritual, physical
and mental well-being".

"Growing older makes practice even more interesting."

"It may be possible to sustain my practice through my forties, but I'm


guessing that with each subsequent decade I might be inclined to drop

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half a series".

It's unlikely I think that Pattabhi Jois practiced any of those Advanced
series as series in whatever version. see
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2015/08/did-pattabhi-jois-practice-
some-or-all.html More likely I think Pattabhi Jois practiced Advanced
asana with Krishnamacharya just for demonstration as Iyengar did.

To sum up. Pattabhi Jois it seems based his Primary and Intermediate
series (with minimal rearrangement) on Krishnamacharya's list (no doubt
the one that turns up in Yogasanagalu ( my visual representation below)

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http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/yogasanagalu-translation-project.html

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http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/yogasanagalu-translation-project.html

Krishnamacharya's advanced list/group doesn't seem to have any coherent


order, just a place to randomly list Advanced asana.

Pattabhi Jois then, seems to have arranged that list and perhaps other
asana he and Iyengar were taught by Krishnamacharya into two series
Advanced A and B that were occasionally practiced together.

Later, Advanced A and B seem to have been simplified and perhaps turned
into Advanced A to D and later still arranged into 3rd to 6th.

Primary and Intermediate and the asana thrown together in


Krishnamacharya's Advanced group with their vinyasa and kumbhaka may
go back further than Krishnamacharya, back to his teacher Ramamohana
Brahmachari or perhaps to a table in a text (Yoga korunta anyone?) or he
may have come up with it himself (personally I'm guessing a text) but
Advanced A and B, or 3rd to 6th are clearly recent.

Pattabhi Jois may have come up with Advanced A and B for the third and
fourth year of the Yoga course he was teaching at the Sanskrit college in the
late 1930s but 5th and 6th series are surely no earlier than the late 1990s.

When it is pointed out that Sharath is the only person to practice 6th series
(does he still, I suspect not) all it's saying perhaps is that he's practicing a
sequence thrown together in the last twenty years.

Are 5th and 6th series anything other than carrots dangled in frount of us?

Pattabhi Jois supposedly said that Primary was for everyone, Intermediate
for teachers and Advanced only for demonstration.

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I practiced Advanced A and also B for a short while (and like you Ricky I
think I had no place practicing Advanced B, I certainly didn't smile
through it like Philippa Asher does in the video below), for me personally,
now more than ever, Primary and perhaps the first half of 2nd seems quite
sufficient for my purposes and 'history' too feels less important than it used
to be (but may bemore important than ever - links to 60+ post below).

I asked Krishnamacharya in a blog post to convince me why I should


practice Advanced asana, he does have a response, see this post

Convince me Krishnamacharya are there any serious benefits to Leg


behind head postures?

Here's Philippa Asher smiling peacefully through her Advanced B

Philippa Asher practising Advanced B Ashtanga Yoga Series

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This is probably an Ashtanga yoga Ashtanga Yoga Confluence question,


when those earlier practitioners are sitting around together and can share
notes about when the names of the series and what constituted them was
tweaked this way and that.

See also perhaps my

Ashtanga History page

http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/ashtanga-history.html

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Monday, 12 November 2012


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The 'Original' Ashtanga yoga Syllabus given to Nancy Gilgoff and David
Williams by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 1974 Mysore

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Saturday, 25 August 2012


BNS Iyengar ( the other Ashtanga, the Ashtanga one) Ashtanga in Mysore?

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Krishnamacharya in Colour also Richard Freeman and Pattabhi Jois,
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Saturday, 9 June 2012


Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda, some extended stay options.

Thursday, 31 May 2012


Yoga is how old? Mulabhandasana, Krishnamacharya and and Proto Shiva

Thursday, 17 May 2012


Balasahib's 'original' 1928 Suya Namaskar , sun salutation

Friday, 18 May 2012


More on the 'original' Sun salutation of 1928

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


How to practice Krishnamacharya's 'original' Ashtanga part 2

Friday, 4 May 2012


Sri K Pattabhi Jois Interview 'On Vinyasa', at Guy Donahaye's website

Thursday, 3 May 2012


Is Ashtanga for young boys only? What Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu
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Sunday, 29 April 2012


Krishnamacharya's Complete 'Original' 1941 Ashtanga Syllabus inc.
Proficient group

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Practicing the 'original ashtanga' sequences in Krischnamacharya's
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Saturday, 14 April 2012


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Dear Nancy... ' Yoga as it was" Nancy Gilgoff article in full, plus UPDATED
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More Ashtanga as it used to be (1978): Mark and Joanne Darby interview

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