Ashtanga Yoga by David Swenson is exactly what the title indicates. This book is user-friendly in every way,from the spiral binding to the clear, concise details given for each asana. When first discovering this yoga tradition I lived on a bridgeless barrier island with no access to a yoga instructor. David's video was my daily teacher. This book would have been a wonderful addition to my self-taught practice.
I have now had the pleasure of studying many times with David and continue to appreciate his lack of ego in both his book, his approach to teaching and his personal practice. One cannot learn spitituality from a tape or book and I appreciate David's focus on a technically safe practice with modifications given for each asana.
As one develops his or her own practice, focusing on the breath, the spiritual journey begins. That is what makes David unique as a teacher and author. He lays the groundwork for a very individual journey. This book serves as a wonderful guide along the way.