Lino Miele – Ashtanga Yoga – Primary Series (1999)

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Lino Miele – Ashtanga Yoga – Primary Series (1999)
English | Size: 699.20 MB
Category: Yoga / Tantra
You won’t see ads in yoga magazines for Lino Miele’s new primary series full vinyasa video. Nor is it the type of video you’re supposed to practice with. “I don’t speak in the video,” Lino says. “I just demonstrate. I don’t believe in teaching through video. You can pick up something from the video, but it is not my idea to give something to somebody without a teacher.”

The two-hour tape is the companion to Lino’s book Astanga Yoga; it also correlates to Pattabhi Jois’ Yoga Mala and has been approved by him. It shows Lino moving-sometimes floating-gracefully through the poses of the primary series and returning to Samasthitih after each one. Lino says that full vinyasa practice, which requires equal parts experience and stamina, is the way the system was meant to be done (although people usually don’t do vinyasa at all between most standing poses, and only do half-vinyasa-to sitting-between the seated ones).

Each pose in the system has a specific number of movements, which are linked to the breath and make it clear exactly how to enter and exit each one. For example, Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasana (half bound lotus forward stretch) has 22, including just one inhale (Sapta) to take the foot and lift the head before folding into the pose (Astau). Going into Parsvottanasana (five vinyasas), Lino seamlessly brings his hands into reverse Namaste on the first inhale, during which he also jumps to the side and turns to the right.

The video itself is mesmerizing, and the soundtrack consists primarily of Lino’s breath going in and out as he practices. Watching it for the first time, I immediately became aware of the amount of fumbling I do between poses, as well as the ways in which I enter and exit them incorrectly.

For example, exiting Supta Konasana requires placing the hands between the legs and lifting up into a split-leg, and then a closed-leg, handstand. (Not that I can do this. But I can at least try). The exit from Utkatasana is a handstand, which can be substituted with Bakasana.

Then there are the things to be learned about the poses themselves. Eventually, the arms straighten and move away from the back and towards the head in Marichyasana A and B. The hands should cover the face in Garbha Pindasana, and Lino practices Mauli while holding Kukkutasana.

Lino spent three hours a day for a month in front of the camera during the shoot for the video, between classes at his annual winter retreat in Kovalam Beach, South India. “I was tired very often,” he says. He used to practice full vinyasa at the Astanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore “for many years, until Guruji stopped me because I was taking too long.”

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