Action Makes An Asana
15 May, 2019
One main part of practicing is to continually wonder about how to be in your pose when you are staying there, what to think about, what is the goal(s), what to do with your body, when to be effortful and when to relax? In this podcast I answer these questions and I discuss the concept of action in the state of the asana and give tips on how to come to a more subtle understanding of yoga through creating actions throughout the body when you are in a pose.
Customizing Your Practice Is The 7th Series
27 March, 2019
In this podcast I discuss the evolution of your ashtanga yoga practice. What happens down the road, when you are years or decades into your sadhana? There are many clear rules that get you started such as practicing 6 days a week or learning a series one posture at a time. The most talked about or emphasized ashtanga practice tenets can serve you well for many years. But sooner or later there comes a time when you need more or different or further guidance.
Holy Equanimity and Skill in Action
26 February, 2019
In this Asana Kitchen podcast David discusses two empowering perspectives the student can utilize to extract knowledge out of their practice.
You Are of This World and That World
25 January, 2019
In this podcast David uses the Hindu myth of Vamana and Bali to discuss the material and spiritual world, and the need for the yoga practitioner to learn how to balance each of them in their lives.
Yoga Practice Through Four Life Stages
25 November, 2018
David compares the 4 Hindu life stages (student, householder, forest dweller, and renunciate) to the stages of a yogi's life long practice.
(Self) Absorbed and Lovin’ It
18 October, 2018
In this podcast David Garrigues discusses absorption and how the householder yogi can utilize the term in their daily practice. *Note: David mentions Yoga Sutra 2:40 and this is incorrect. The correct yoga sutra is 2:48.
Three Levels of Yogic Purification
13 September, 2018
In this Asana Kitchen podcast David talks about the three levels of purification and how all three are necessary to climb the staircase from hatha yoga to raja yoga.
Svadhyaya and the Poetry of Self
6 August, 2018
The 3 practices that make up Kriya Yoga (Tapas, Svadhyaya, Isvara Pranidhana-YS II-1) are central to the study of yoga. The classical application of Svadhyaya is to consult the sacred texts to gather definitions of Self that help you distinguish between the little you (self) and you as sacred Seer to the world (Self). In this podcast David reads bhakti poetry as an example of how the student of yoga can start their own practice of Svadhyaya and begin to contemplate the sacred seer Self.
Meditation on Conflict, Forgiveness, and Resolution
12 July, 2018
In this Asana Kitchen podcast David Garrigues uses psychologist James Hillman's article on betrayal to discuss ahimsa and how it plays out in conflict, forgiveness, and resolution. "You can't even learn about trust and forgiveness without being betrayed."
From Practice Principle to Concentration
8 June, 2018
In this podcast David teaches how utilizing a single principle in your yoga practice can take you from a clouded, disturbed mind to a clear, lucid, settled, blessed mind.