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The Complete Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus
demonstrated by David Williams

ot off the press and ready for distribution!

In 1972, I saw Manju Jois demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga primary series. I was fascinated. A year later, I began learning the Ashtanga Yoga system from Pattabhi Jois, Manju's father.

When I arrived in Mysore in 1973, the "Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus" was framed and hung on the wall of Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Pattabhi Jois told me the syllabus was the list of the four
series of postures and pranayama from the Yoga Korunta, written in the 12th century by the yogi, Vamana. He explained to me that this ancient text was taught orally to his guru, T. Krishnamacharya, by his guru in
Tibet, Rama Mohan Brahmachari. Several years later, Krishnamacharya, following the directions of his guru, found a written copy of the Yoga Korunta in the library of the Maharaja of Calcutta. Krishnamacharya made
a copy of the manuscript.

Krishnamacharya showed the Yoga Korunta to his student, Pattabhi Jois. The text included all of the basic
yoga asanas, from elementary to advanced, detailed move by move, breath by breath.

When I began learning the Ashtanga Yoga system, I knew of no one who was practicing the entire four
series. I was determined to learn the complete syllabus, thus keeping it from being forgotten. For the next five years, I gave all my energy to learning and practicing these asanas and the pranayama. After learning the last posture of the Advanced B series, to my knowledge, I became the only living person practicing the entire syllabus at that time.

Since 1974, it has been my pleasure to teach Ashtanga Yoga to thousands of others, with some learning the entire four series as listed in the Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus. While a chart or list can never substitute for a teacher, it is my hope that these photographs will preserve the system as taught to me and aid others in their practice, as the syllabus on the wall of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute did for me.

David Williams
Poster Size and Pricing

Size is 36" H x 48" W, printed in full color with an aqueous coating on 100 lb. text.
Individual posters can be purchased for $75 each, plus shipping.
12 posters can be purchased for $50 each, plus shipping.
24 posters can be purchased for $40 each, plus shipping.

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