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!
Ashtanga = a style of yoga, but long before that it was the foundation of practice for yoga according to the ancient sage Patanjali. Here’s a brief, no holds barred, run down on the 8 limbs and our practice today.
Get up and go! A 30-min vinyasa class to get the prana moving and the mind focused. Coming to you from Mysore, India — the home of Ashtanga Yoga. That’s the Mysore Palace behind me in the photo — it’s incredible! *Not for beginners.
Sharing my thoughts on these 3 sutras that give us specific direction on how to approach the 3rd limb of ashtanga yoga, asana, the postures.
Here’s a modified primary series that I recorded while in Kathmandu, Nepal — at Boudhanath Stupa. You may hear the sounds of this Tibetan village in the background. I purposely recorded from various vantage points around the neighborhood. Hope you enjoy it!
This is a dharma talk I gave at the beginning of my Saturday class. This one focuses on the first 3 sutras of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. They tell us yoga is the practice of working with and controlling the mind such that we may reside in our true nature – of unconditional love, joy and peace.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra II.3 avidya asmita raga dvesha abhiniveshah pancha kleshah The impediments/obstacles to yoga [to samadhi] are ignorance, ego, desire, aversion, and clinging to life. The was the follow-up dharma talk to the 8 limbs talk already posted. Again, recorded at the beginning of my Saturday vinyasa class. The aim was to provide a brief overview of what Patanjali …
This is a dharma talk I gave at the beginning of my Saturday vinyasa class at Flow Yoga Center. An understanding and frequent consideration of the 8 limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga can bring new dimensions to one’s experience on the mat and off.
Get your sweat on with this one! Meant for experienced students, this sequence is based on the Ashtanga Primary series with the inclusion of intermediate series backbends (shalabasana and dhanurasana) to warm up the back a bit more before going into urdhva dhanurasana. I hope you like it! Leave me feedback and I’ll consider it as I develop more to …
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