Intro to the Primary Series

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Here’s a introductory class for those new to Ashtanga. I’m often approached by folks that are interested in learning more and maybe a bit intimidated by the method and/or by entering the classroom uninformed. So, I recorded this to give some background and more slowly introduce the opening postures of the Primary Series, which is where we all start!

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  1. Hi Cory,
    So glad you made this!
    It will give me plenty of time to get used to the Sanskrit, the poses and the pace of this routine compared with Iyengar.
    I like the linking of the asana.
    It seems triangle and down dog are the two where you hold the pose for that long 5-count. The others are done moving through the pose more quickly, is that right?
    How long do you hold the chaturanga?
    Do you have photos of the triangle and the other asana that you discuss in the second half of your audio? The images help a lot.

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      Glad to hear it’s helpful Michael 😉
      Where we hold postures for 5 breaths (sometimes more) it’s referred to as the “state of the asana”. In the sun salutations (surya namaskara a and b) the state of the asana is at down dog where we hold five breaths; otherwise, in the sun salutations we are moving with breath, matching an inhale or exhale to each posture. So, you don’t hold chatarunga long – it’s just a short pause at the end of the exhale as you lower into it, then move with inhale into up dog.

      Following the sun salutations, we move through transitions and into the state for each posture. So, each of the postures, padangusthasana, padahastasana, trikonasana/parivritta trikonasana, utthita parsvakonasana/parivritta parsvakonasana, prasarita padottanasana a, b, c and d, and lastly (in this recording) parsvattanasana are each held for 5 breaths on each side. Then the last 3 seated postures are held for 10 breaths each.

      I do have photos somewhere, just need to dig them up = will do.

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