Its been a long haul to type the words, “ready!” on the subject line of this blog. A tenacious daily writing schedule and Joy’s production skills have allowed this project to finally reach outside my home.
I am so thrilled to be sharing Vayu Siddhi with all of you and hopefully you will be taken by the magical world of breath as I have been over the past 30 months.
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Bowing to the Void Minded Yogi’s Who Came Before
The writing of this book has been inspired by such sacred texts as: The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Shiva Samhita, The Gheranda Samhita, select Tantra’s, and Upanishads. The aspiring yogi will find nectar in the language of hatha yoga used in these texts, nectar in the teachings that convey the highest reverence for the knowledge that is won from the study of asana and pranayama, the two favorite subjects of students of ashtanga yoga.
The unknown authors of these texts were independent and courageous ‘bad man’ inward explorers and risk takers who went against the societal grain to plumb the depths of their bodies and minds in the service of yoga. Through practice they forged into the unknown, they experienced new, creative ways of awakening and embodying their inherent spiritual essence. These boundary pushing, shamanic yogis pioneered many beautiful, unusual, and potent practices, they found ways of piercing through the ignorant blindness of the repetitive, compulsive, suffering, mad, chaotic, raging, world of samsara.
Centered in breathing they practiced with passion, intensity, devotion and surrender, piercing through even the most challenging obstacles, wrestling, breathing, and praying their way to self realization. The fruits of their explorations are the basis for the new, progressive exploration of the asana and pranayama techniques that make up today’s practice of ashtanga yoga. Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s life time study and teaching of asana and pranayama techniques are part of this marvelous lineage of Hatha Yoga.
This DVD/book set is a bowing to the yogi’s that have come before, especially to Sri K Pattabhi Jois. And it is also an offering to the aspiring yogi, a invitation to you to perfect the art of breathing as part of becoming fluent in the language of Hatha Yoga. May you undertake a serious study of yoga and add to the fierce hatha yoga lineage. May you solitarily dive in to the practices, to find your greatest gift, your unique aesthetic spirit and style, and share your essential truths with all beings.