"Learning the sequence was like receiving one's
first gift - a new world had opened.
Life would never be the same, beauty had entered
and would continue to blossom."
Derek Ireland was a pioneer of Ashtanga Yoga and was responsible for bringing Ashtanga Yoga to Europe from India. Derek is revered throughout the world for his teaching and has inspired many of this generation's great Ashtanga Yoga teachers. Before his death in 1998, Derek made this recording of a led primary series class. He did so with a desire to pass on his enthusiasm and love for the Ashtanga Yoga series as taught to him by his guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This rare recording was previously shared with only a handful of friends and students. It is presented here with hopes that Derek's words might benefit all who seek to extend and deepen their practice.
1 Surya Namaskara A, Surya Namaskara B.
2 The Standing Sequence - Padangusthasana, Padahastasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Parivritta Trikonasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivritta Parsvakonasana A, B*, Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D, Hanumanasana*, Samakonasana*, Parsvottanasana, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana A, B, C, D, Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana, Utkatasana, Virabhadrasana A, B.
3 The Primary Series - Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, Purvottanasana, Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana, Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana, Janu Sirsasana A, B, C.
4 The Primary Series - Continuation. Marichyasana A, B, C, D, Navasana.
1 The Primary Series - Continuation. Bhujapidasana, Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana.
2 The Primary Series - Baddha Konasana A, B, C, Upavishta Konasana A, B, Supta Konasana A, B.
3 The Primary Series - Continuation. Supta Padangusthasana A, B, C, Chakrasana, Ubhaya Padangusthasana, Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana, Setu Bandhasana, Chakrasana.
4 Finishing Sequence - Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana, preparation for Viparita Chakrasana, Savasana, Salamba Sarvangasana, Halasana, Karnapidasana, Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana, Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana, Chakrasana, Salamba Sirsasana Series, Urdhva Dandasana, Darnikasana, Yoga Mudrasana, Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana, Savasana.
*These postures are not part of the Primary Series as it is currently taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. They are however included in this 1996 recording as this is the way Derek Ireland practiced the sequence with his teacher.