Yoga Teachers - My Lineage

What’s A Yoga Teacher For?

There’s been a lot of negative press lately about teachers, particularly yoga teachers, with many voices on social media and elsewhere deciding that they don’t, in fact, need a yoga teacher. Perhaps they don’t. It is not for me to decide anyone else’s path. There is sometimes a lot of rhetoric in the Ashtanga community around having a yoga teacher, …

Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya: Jonathan Gives A Lesson

Last time on Yoga Blog: Asteya reminded us of all the things we steal and a small bit about letting go and allowing freedom to happen. A freedom found through true purpose. Asteya, non-stealing. Need a refresher? Treat yourself to a reread of any of the blog posts (Ahimsa, Satya). Then, continue your journey towards Yoga. “Atha Yoganusasanam.” Fourth yama! …

Why Do Yoga Practice in the Morning?

How to Get Up for Yoga Practice in the Morning

First off, let me say that there is no “right” time to do yoga practice. There are pros and cons to practicing at any time of day and the “right” time is the one that you can do. Even in Mysore, India, at the main shala, Sharath teaches both morning and afternoon classes. The visiting students practice in the morning. …

Asteya: Jonathan Gives a Lesson

Last time on Yoga Blog: Satya broke down the lies we tell ourselves and truth flowed into our lives. Felling the hidden fortifications, we constructed around our true-self. Satya, truthfulness. Refresh yourself and reread the last post if you wish and then continue your journey towards Yoga. “Atha Yoganusasanam.” Third yama! What does asteya mean? Asteya! Don’t Steal. Non-stealing. Nothing …

Practicing Yoga with Injury is a Balancing Act

Practicing Yoga with Injury

About seven years into practice, I injured my right knee in supta vajrasana. I experienced a series of re-injuries after the initial injury. It took over two years of modified practice to heal and to regain full expression of poses involving lotus. This post is about my experience practicing yoga with injury. Changing ideas about practice The experience of practicing …

Cultivating Ease with Ashtanga Practice

Tools for Cultivating Ease in the Ashtanga Practice

Ashtanga Myth: Ashtanga is hard. “Ashtanga is hard.” This is one of the myths about the practice that I enjoy disassembling and dissolving. It’s a often a myth spread by those who don’t actually do the practice or by those who haven’t experienced Ashtanga in the traditional little-by-little way of learning. Actually, Ashtanga is about cultivating ease and equanimity. Really, …

Satya

Satya: Jonathan Gives A Lesson

What is Satya? Last time on Yoga Blog: We learned Ashtanga means “eight limbs” and yoga is not just moving and twisting. The first of those eight limbs is Yama and the first Yama is ahimsa. Which means non-harming. Feel free to reread the ahimsa post or read it for the first time. You could also find a copy of …

Mula Bandha - The Root Lock in Yoga

Root Lock in Yoga: What is Mula Bandha in Yoga Practice and in Life?

What Does it Mean to be Rooted? If you’ve practiced yoga for awhile then you’ve, no doubt, noticed that yoga practice and life cease to be two separate things. Yoga seeps into life and life seeps into yoga. And this is the intended direction. Practice should support both a more “ease-full” and stable life. Yoga practice on the mat is …

Rituals That Support Yoga Practice - Finding Balance

Finding a Balance: Maintaining and Letting Go of Rituals That Support Yoga Practice

The Rituals That Support Yoga Practice In maintaining a consistent Ashtanga asana practice over time, I’ve developed rituals around food, movement, relationships, media consumption, and sleep, that support practice. One of the first steps in forming rituals has been observing variation in the quality of breath, bandha, and concentration while practicing and formulating hypotheses about cause and effect. Every day …

ahimsa by patanjali

Ahimsa: Jonathan Gives a Lesson

Ahimsa and Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga Yoga: one eighth asana (the positions we put the body in) and not necessarily series one through six. What? Clap, get up and dance. Yoga is not just an Indian workout. It’s a special way to live. We’ll get to asana, don’t worry, it’s number three of this eight branched path. Eight Limbs of Ashtanga …