Richard Freeman on the origins of Ashtanga Vinyasa

For you yoga history buffs, Richard Freeman has put a little something on line about the origins of Ashtanga Vinyasa and that he agrees largely with Mark Singleton’s tracing of asana’s development.

You’ll have to click this here link to get the whole thing, but to whet your appetite:

Yes. I agree with Mark Singleton that much of the superficial structuring of contemporary yoga practices comes from these various modern, outside influences. However the vinyasa system as taught by Krishnamacharya and the more rigorous patterns taught by Pattabhi Jois are very true to the hatha and tantric yoga traditions. They are precise, direct cultivation of mudra, bandha, central-axis meditation as well as cultivation of meditative mind states using and helped by input from outside sources.

He goes on to point out where some interpretations of what Singleton has written went in the wrong direction.

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