MELINA FLORES METICULOUSLY ORGANIZED this STUDY-GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ALIKE TO LEARN THE PRIMARY 108 BODY TECHNIQUE FAMILIES codified BY THE DEROSE METHOD.
The book presents over 400 full color pictures to demonstrate the 108 fundamental body techniques and open the doors to an infinity of variations branching out from them. Melina brilliantly organized the body techniques, classifying them according to their application and influence on the body.
Melina brings a highly pedagogic approach understanding and organizing the technical Sanskrit names of the techniques. Once familiar with this classification system outlined in her book, the attentive student will be able to explore the discipline like never before.
The technical Sanskrit term for these body techniques is ásana, yes, but counter to popular understanding of ásana, it is not exclusively corporal. It is nothing like gymnastics, or physical education. The origins are different, the proposals are different and the methodologies are different. Which is why we do not apply concepts or methods considered fundamental in physical education like, for example, the musculature warm-up.
For anyone new to these ancient body techniques, a broad and laconic definition of ásana, according to the academic Pátañjali's work, Yôga Sútra (chapter II, page 46), states that ásana is any firm and comfortable positions (sthira sukham ásanam). Following this definition, the number of ásanas is infinite. A phrase attributed to Shiva agrees, claiming that there are as many ásanas as living beings on Earth.
Others, though, limit the number of ásanas to 84,000, of which 840 are the most important and, of these, only 84 are fundamental. In this book, we account for 108 families of ásana. Melina's work was inspired by and based on Professor DeRose's classic work titled Treatise of Yôga, which contains the largest ásana compilation in the world and is currently being translated and edited in English for the first time so stay tuned.