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Balancing Intensity in Practice

Balancing Intensity in Practice

So how can I be realistic about the effort I do put forth? How do I accurately assess whether I practice too intensely or too mildly and in either case effectively? And what level of mildness or intensity is right for me at this time? How do I know the dif
Interview with David Garrigues

Interview with David Garrigues

I'm biased but I think that Ashtanga is the best practice. And the way to learn Ashtanga is to find a teacher who teaches Mysore. Sign up for the month and follow their instruction. If you can't get access to a teacher then a dvd can do it.
Great Courage, Mighty Enthusiasm, and Full Strength

Great Courage, Mighty Enthusiasm, and Full Strength

When I do seated postures in this cosmically designated, exclusive spot, my gaze naturally falls along the back wall of a vintage piece of recording gear that sits there. Down near the base of this large wooden box is an old bumper sticker that reads...

From David’s Journal: Physical and Mental Edge

A significant part of asana practice is to encounter physical hardship, it is by challenging yourself physically that the body becomes firm, strong, and healthy–the strong body enables you to work with your mind.
From David’s Journal: Yoga is Discovered Alone

From David’s Journal: Yoga is Discovered Alone

Stepping on your mat each day is walking into the forest, practice is sitting down in the middle of that scary place and undertaking to meet the source within...
Six Days a Week Since 93’

Six Days a Week Since 93’

As we all age we see how challenging it is to continue to practice in such a way that our bodies and minds stay truly strong, fit and supple. Other priorites come along to replace the fire, zeal, and devotion we have for practice.

Interview on Lineage

At that time my knees did not come to the floor in Baddhakonasana so he put one hand on one knee and one foot on the other and one hand on my head. He pushed down on my knees and then he started to push my head outwards.
Ashtanga’s Dynamic Dimension

Ashtanga’s Dynamic Dimension

During the discussion there was an interval of cross talk and commotion, and during this time Guruji looked at me, and for a moment it was as if it was only he and I in the room.
The Yogi’s Map of Imagery or “Help me. I still don’t understand Mula Bandha.”

The Yogi’s Map of Imagery or “Help me. I still don’t understand Mula Bandha.”

One of the most important maps is visualization or imagery. So that rather than being physical first, you approach practice from a place of imagery or visualization. This is one of the most fascinating aspects to the work.
Everywhere looking only God seeing

Everywhere looking only God seeing

To practice Isvara pranidhana is to endeavor to live your life from the perspective that everything under the sun shares a benevolent, invisible, cohesive, inescapable connection with everything else.

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