Digital Download: Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with MARIA VILLELLA

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Approximate running time: 73 minutes
Format: iTunes compatible .m4v file for iPad, iPhone.
Resolution: HD 1280 pixels X 720 pixels
File Size: Approx 1.78GB

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Ashtanga Yoga teacher Maria Villella demonstrates the entire Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with strength, grace and control. As you watch, and listen, to the video you will hear the vinyasas for each posture counted, the names of the postures as well as the opening and closing prayers all spoken in Sanskrit.

The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga is known for hip-openers, forward bends as well as Ashtanga Yoga’s trademark ‘jumping back’ and ‘jumping through’ vinyasas to connect the seated postures. Movement coordinated with proper breathing, bandha (internal energy locks) and drishti (gaze) is emphasized in this practice. The Primary Series begins with five Surya Namaskara A’s and B’s followed by the Fundamental Asana which are often referred to as the “standing postures”. Following the standing postures is a series of Seated Postures, and finally the Finishing Postures. In the Ashtanga Yoga system, the First or Primary Series is performed by all beginners and also intermediate and advanced students at least one day per week.

Maria Villella was filmed as she performed her personal practice in a Yoga studio in Santa Monica, California. None of the video was enhanced by special effects such as slow-motion, etc. Maria Villella has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2003. The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series that Maria is seen performing in this documentary style video represents the practice as she learned it from her teacher.

This is not an instructional video. To learn Ashtanga Yoga, we suggest you study with an experienced Ashtanga Yoga teacher that can teach you the method properly and safely.

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  1. Maria Alice Bugarib says:

    I would like to have this serie of Ashtanga yoga for my domestic practices.
    Thank you in advanced.
    Maria Alice

    • admin says:

      Hi Maria,

      You can purchase this video, and download it for viewing to your computer, by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button.

      Thank you for watching.

  2. Liz D says:

    Is there anyway to purchase a DVD of this video?

    • admin says:

      Dear Liz D,

      This is only available as a Digital Download now. We may release it as a DVD in the future.

      Best Regards,

      Charles James

  3. Julien says:

    Great video, many thanks for that !

    you should shoot an intermediate series video as well. I’d certainly be interested in that !



  4. maya says:

    Hello, is this video suitable to follow for a home practice? Does it cover all asanas? It would be great if I could play it and practice while listening to the instructions.

  5. maya says:

    Super!! I would love to get a notice once you release the new videos! Thank you!

  6. John Tsigos says:

    Hi Maria, congratulations on your excellent instructional videos. I am really interested in buying your primary series video, but I have a small complaint. I understand that you only release it as a digital download, but why only in mp4 format and such a low resolution? I would really love to have this in hd video or at least in a higher resolution .avi, considering the price of 14.95$. Thank you and keep up the good work.

    • admin says:

      Hi John,

      Thank you for your suggestions. There is a an HD version of this video coming soon. For this initial release, we sized it for iPhones and iPods due to the bandwidth constraints of many customers.

      This Primary Series video is not instructional. We are releasing an Instructional Series very soon!

      Best Regards,

      Charles James

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