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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 …

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The Myth of Yoga Alignment: Where Are We Going in Yoga Practice?

“Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”, said the Cheshire Cat. How we go in yoga has, as the Cheshire Cat said, a lot to do with where we want to get to. We might just say that we want …

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Breathing in Ashtanga – the Nexus Between the Physical and the Subtle

Breathing in Ashtanga Unites the Gross and the Subtle The integration of breath with movement unites the physical and subtler mental dimensions of the Ashtanga practice. Excess tension and the struggle to find balance or ground in postures often lead to difficulties in breathing. These difficulties include periods of holding the breath followed by labored breathing, tremulous breathing, and the …

Kung Fu Versus Yoga

Kung Fu Versus Yoga

A love of the different and the far away, a desire of “I want to be able to do that”, and a convenient location to the Sorcerer’s Tower — the tabletop gaming store I frequented — would find me in the “Hong Kong Action” section at the movie rental hotspot Groovy Movies A-Go-Go. Past the counter-culture magazines, past the more …

Science and Yoga…and Led Primary with Sharath

Science and Yoga: Where Do They Meet? Last week, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Science and Yoga Conference hosted by certified Ashtanga teacher Eddie Stern. The conference brought together eight brilliant minds who have been researching at the intersection between science and yoga. You can read through a list and bios of the speakers here. You can …

paradoxes of Ashtanga yoga

Paradoxes of Ashtanga Yoga

Oh what a word! Paradox. Google defined it for me as: “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true” or Yoga in general. Into my tenth year of practicing Ashtanga I have come across the paradoxes of Ashtanga yoga many times. The most recent one being severe …

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Difficult Yoga Practice: The Practice Feedback Loop

Practice is always challenging; some days are more difficult than others. When having a difficult yoga practice, you might have noticed difficulties that include tightness, fatigue, impatience, emotional reactivity, inflammation, shallow or labored breathing, heaviness, unfocused mind, and lack of willpower. Through repeated encounters with a difficult yoga practice, I have developed a sense of when it is better to …

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Mysore Practice

What is Mysore practice? The short answer is that it’s a method of practicing Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. A small group of students meet with a teacher. The teacher helps each student memorize a part of one of the Ashtanga sequences. What the sequence looks like depends on each student’s familiarity with practice and what their body is ready for. Anyone …