Joy and I are leaving India in 6 days. We have been working hard this year…me finishing my Pranayama book and Joy storyboarding for her upcoming film. We can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by.
We will be heading off to the west coast for my annual Mysore Intensive at Breitenbush Hot Springs (March 7th-11th) and then back to Philadelphia by March 15th.
I will be teaching quite a bit in Philadelphia this spring so I encourage you to come and study with me at the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Fasten your self without reserve onto the teachings of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, it is the life saver, the sturdy raft that will carry you across the vast, tumultuous, many faced, ever changing, worldly mind ocean.
This is the book, this is the knowledge that will help you understand the power, magnitude, and scope of the goals of hatha yoga. This is the book, the knowledge that will help you understand the practical application of the teachings, how to approach asana’s, pranayama, mudra’s, and concentration………………
Look to this book, study this book, marry this book, obsess over this book, consume this book, love this book, bow to this book, become a connoisseur of this book, appreciate its subtle bouquet, its heady nose, its earthy, chewy flavors, drink it in and become inspired enough to accept the rigors, challenges, discipline, and failures of practice. Be patient and certain enough to match your self against the toughest, most unforgiving, relentless, ever ready opponent–your mind……………..
Here inside the pages of this book……
where the pith of practice is
where you find the extracted essence of practice
where you learn what to focus on inside your body in practice
what language to use to describe the inner experience that practice awakens
what images to imagine in order to create asana’s, pranayama, mudra’s, and concentration
your most dog eared, marked up, underlined, used, ragged, gone through, treasured, contemplated, pondered, puzzled over, yoga treasure
what is in your pocket, by your bed, in your backpack
your perfect guide
where to focus your efforts
how to think about practice
how to learn to be mature and thorough in your conception of what hatha yoga is and how to practice it and what you can gain by practicing it.
your wise old guru, the one who lives up in the mountains, close to the elements, naturally silent and prayerful with twinkling, mischievous, attentive eye and inward absorption, fearless spring in his step like a sure footed, playful mountain goat
how you understand the body, movement and asana practice as something much more than physical
how you understand the body energetically, as a vechicle for traveling to the energetic realms and finding Spirit in the vast, empty sky of consciousness,
where you find your asana, your immovable spot……….grounded, settled, subtle, energetically dynamic, tuned in, undisturbed, purely reflective, infused with subtle breath.
* “From David’s Ashtanga Journals” are unedited excerpts from his ongoing journal about the practice.