Learn the Ashtanga Yoga Poses and names for the full Ashtanga Primary Series
Ashtanga yoga for beginners through to Intermediate practitioners – step-by-step instructions for the Full Primary Series
Ashtanga Primary Series Flash Cards Yoga Books
A set of 64 yoga asana flash cards – available for all your Apple Devices
Ashtanga Yoga was founded by the late K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India who is famous for his saying ‘practice and all is coming’. Pattabhi Jois said that he learnt the practice from his teacher Sri T. Krishnamacharya, whose teachings are illustrated in our Viniyoga Asana I and Viniyoga Asana II yoga flash cards. Ashtanga Yoga is still currently taught by Pattabhi Jois’s family. In Mysore, by his grandson R. Sharath Jois at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and by his daughter R. Saraswathi Jois. His son Manju Jois, teaches in America.
The Ashtanga Primary Series is a dynamic vinyasa style practice, that can be more physically demanding than some other yoga styles. The vinyasas synchronise the breath with movement through a progressive set series of yoga postures. This helps to develop concentration, flexibility and strength, producing an internal heat which is designed to purify the body. For this reason the Ashtanga Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa in Sanksrit which can be translated as yoga therapy.
Learn the Ashtanga Asana names in Sanskrit and English along with instructions for the Full Ashtanga Primary Series sequence
These Ashtanga Primary Series Flash Cards give a simple introduction to the full Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series sequence. Designed primarily for beginners to intermediate practitioners who are learning to memorise the asanas and the vinyasa sequence and who have not yet mastered the more advanced ‘jump through’ and ‘jump back’. They are a quick reference guide to help you learn the Ashtanga asana names in sanskrit and english, along with simple concise instructions for the vinyasa. A great aid to help you gradually memorise the Full Ashtanga Primary Series sequence.
In Ashtanga Yoga it is very important to know the sanskrit asana names and where to breath and move. Breath with movement is called “Vinyasa” and each inhale and exhale has a specific set movement throughout the whole sequence which needs to be memorised. These Ashtanga Primary Series flash cards present this information in a concise, simple to read format to help you quickly learn it all.
This Ashtanga Primary Series flash card yoga book is a great study aid for any yogi. Especiallly helpful for anyone doing a “Mysore Style” self-practice or for Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training students.
Having the yoga flash cards available on your Apple mobile devices and home computers means that you can learn anytime and anywhere. Great for learning a little of the Ashtanga Primary Series sequence day-by-day and then taking this knowledge into your yoga practice on your mat.
The simplicity of Yoga Flash Cards make them the best ashtanga yoga teacher training book – all of the important information for each asana is displayed clearly on just one page making it easier for the mind to digest and, therefore, making learning faster.
Simply download the eBooks for use on all of your Apple devices – iPhone, iPad, laptop and desktop computer. Hopefully available for Android and Windows devices early next year! These are interactive eBooks and cannot currently be used on Kindle or dedicated eBook readers.
How to use these Ashtanga Primary Series flash cards
Just a few taps and the answer is at your fingertips! Easy to use, making learning the Ashtanga yoga poses fun and fast.
The information in these Ashtanga Primary Series Flash Cards is not new, but is the most relevant information compiled in an easy accessible concise format. No need to read through many lengthy paragraphs to find the answer. It’s all on the one page. The information is clear, concise and easy to find at a glance. Each flash card gives the information for one asana per page. Tap, click and go. With digital yoga books you can also use ‘search’ to help find your answer. Reference them anytime and anywhere. A great companion to more in-depth books, websites and videos for when you might want to study deeper. Yoga Flash Cards are a great way to learn and memorise information fast. Great for quick on-the-spot learning. See below for ideas on how to use them for your yoga study.
Note that the instructions given on these Ashtanga Yoga Flash Cards are intentionally brief, and are written as if a teacher was speaking them to you. Only the key important points to note for each asana are mentioned. This is in order to keep the instructions simple and easy to remember. The traditional Ashtanga Sanskrit vinyasa count is also not included as this could be confusing for beginners. There are many other books and videos available for when you want to dive deeper, but often less is more when you are first learning.
Can you name the ashtanga yoga pose illustrated by the stick figure?
Swipe through the digital yoga book, tap a pose on an Index Card, or press one of the colour-coded side tabs, and choose a flash card to test yourself – can you name that asana? It’s name is initially hidden to prompt your memory.
Once you have had a guess at the asana name, press the show/hide button to see if you were correct.
The Sanskrit name will appear along with it’s English translation and a transliteration of the Sanskrit, breaking down it’s meaning into separate words, making it easier to memorise.
View the instructions to learn the vinyasa movements and breath for each asana?
Tap the Instructions tab at the bottom of the page to view step-by-step instructions. Learn the key focus points for each yoga pose and step-by-step instructions on the vinyasa for each asana. Slowly increase your knowledge.
The flash cards are a visual reference on how to do the asana and also a guide on how to draw the yoga stick figures – it’s sometimes harder than it looks?
Study the images below for further information on how these yoga flash cards will help you to learn the Ashtanga Primary Series.
Each tabbed section begins with an Index page showing which asanas are covered in that section. They are laid out in the order they appear in the Ashtanga Primary Series Sequence. Clicking on the asanas will take you directly to that flash card page in the yoga book. Otherwise, you can swipe from right to left to follow through the sequence page by page. To search for specific asanas you can also look in the Table of Contents, perform a search or view the book in thumbnail view.
The asana name is initially hidden
Each yoga flash card initially has the asana name (yoga pose) and instructions hidden to prompt you to learn the asana names first before the answer is revealed. When you are ready to reveal the answer, press the button on the top left and the correct Sanskrit and English asana name appears, along with a transliteration of the Sanskrit. The transliteration of the Sanskrit, which breaks down the translation into separate words, will help you to understand the Sanskrit and therefore learn the names of the yoga poses much faster.
Tap the button, the name is revealed
How did you go – did you get the name of the asana correct in Sanskrit? Just keep practicing a little each day and the yoga pose names will soon become familiar. Note that the Sanskrit language can be broken down into small words that are linked together. You will find that once you learn the Sanskrit word for “up” (urdhva) or “down” (adho), for example, it is easier to start stringing the words together. See our Sanskrit Blog to learn more.
Then tap to reveal the instructions
Press the tab at the bottom left of each flash card and full instructions, along with yoga stick figure illustrations, of each movement of the ashtanga vinyasa sequence will pop up. These give breath-by-breath instructions on how to practice the asana. The instructions are based on the “half vinyasa” system rather than the “full vinyasa” sequence. “Half vinyasa” is the way that it is most commonly taught these days, where you “jump back” and “jump through” to sitting, rather than up to standing. The instructions are intentionally brief, but concise, and are written as if a teacher was giving instructions. Please also note that the numbering for the instructions is just to show the order of breath and movement and is not the traditional sanskrit count.
Instructions flow on from one asana…
The instructions for each asana show the whole vinyasa sequence for entering into and out of the asana. An extra discretionary breath has been added in the vinyasa in the seated poses to give beginners time to enter the asana without holding the breath. At the beginning of the instructions the name of the previous asana is written in italics. An elipse (…) indicates that the first movement is a continuation from the last movement on the previous page. The instructions have been laid out so that each flash card can be read on its own, or also as part of the sequence. See the image above for an example – click to enlarge.
…to the next, from page-to-page
The instructions also show all the vinyasas in the sequence. These are shaded in grey to make it easier to distinguish them from the instructions for entering the asana. At the end of the sequence the instructions are shown up to where you enter the next asana in the Ashtanga Primary Series sequence. An elipse (…) at the end of the final exhale on a flash card indicates that the breath continues into the next asana on the next flash card. Note that the asana instructions are for the final form of the asana without modifications. See the image above for an example – click to enlarge.
4 Ashtanga Primary Series frequently asked questions
Find the answers to these questions in a concise, easy to navigate digital yoga book format
1. What do I do?
“What asana comes next in the vinyasa sequence?”
2. How do I do this asana?
“Which way should my feet be pointing?”
3. Where do I breath?
“Do I inhale or exhale here?”
4. What is the sanskrit name?
“Can you name this asana?” Use the flash cards to find the answer.
All the answers to these most frequently asked Ashtanga questions answered in a concise, easy to find, always obtainable format. The answer is always at your fingertips.
Great for Ashtanga Led classes, Ashtanga Mysore Style practice and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training studies
Clear, concise, easy to find information all in one place, always at hand
These Asatanga Primary Series Flash Cards are a must have yoga book for anyone attending Ashtanga “Myore Style” self practice classes. For a self practice class, or practicing on your own at home, you will need to learn and memorise the whole sequence without a teacher instructing you. This is the way that the Primary Series sequence was traditionally taught.
You will also find these flash cards useful if attending a traditional Ashtanga Primary Series led class. An Ashtanga yoga led class is the traditional 90-minute class, which is counted in Sanskrit and takes you through a full Led Primary Series. Students are led through the vinyasas in a continuous fashion, with an emphasis on breath counts. The teacher guides you on the proper pacing and sequencing of the practice. However, in these led classes all asana names are given in Sanksrit and the instructions for each asana are often very brief. It is, therefore, beneficial to have some background knowledge of the Sanskrit asana names and how to perform the asanas.
The concise information presented in these yoga flash cards means that they are also a great reference for Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training.
Ashtanga Primary Series flash card yoga books are a great learning resource for:
Beginners to the Ashtanga Primary Series
Beginners and intermediate practitioners who are commencing a Mystore Style Ashtanga practice
Students studying for Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training
Students studying for any type of Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Anyone interested in learning the sanskrit asana names and simple instructions
Using as a learning tool or just for fun and inspiration
Learning how to draw the yoga stick figures – which aren’t all as easy as they look!
Learning the Sanskrit names of the Ashtanga poses, which is very important for an Ashtanga practice
Currently only available for Apple Devices, but hopefully an Android/Windows version will be available 2018.
Printed light weight trade book version also in production and coming soon!
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