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From David’s Ashtanga Journals: Hatha Yoga Pradipika

From David’s Ashtanga Journals: Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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...

You want to know what inspires me?

That is one of the main reasons for practice—to inspire yourself. It's not only discipline, determination, toughness and stubbornness that gets me on my mat each day…

Advanced Practice, Advanced Person?

Its not extreme. It doesn't mean there aren't physical or mental benefits but it's like trying to fit a square peg through a round hole.

Asana the First Limb of Ashtanga Yoga

Asana practice can teach me the necessity of allowing thought to be born out of bodily awareness, out of feeling, sensing, and perceiving in a very distinctly animal way.

Will you Honour the Bad Man Lineage?

Pattabhi Jois demanded that his students follow his method with clear and strict accuracy, but he achieved this partly by tolerance, understanding, smiles, hugs and overall benevolence.

Ready to Quit

One of yoga's GREAT gifts is to show you your limits, To show you that despite thinking you are giving everything you have to give it is not enough.
Sharath’s Conference: January 16th, 2011

Sharath’s Conference: January 16th, 2011

Sharath spoke about each of the 6 classic yogic cleansing practices and concluded that Ashtanga practice achieves the same benefits and thus largely replaces these practices.
Summary notes on Pasasana (The Noose Posture)

Summary notes on Pasasana (The Noose Posture)

Balancing in a full squatting position is one of the most important and challenging aspects to this posture. The feet are your foundation, they are directly in contact with the earth.
Inverted Padmasana: Beginning Karandavasana

Inverted Padmasana: Beginning Karandavasana

Karandavasana is one of the Second Series top 3 most challenging postures and like all asanas there is a progression. One of the first steps is being able to smoothly, rapidly, and dynamically execute the inverted padmasana.
How a Yoga Teacher Motivates Students

How a Yoga Teacher Motivates Students

Often I'm trying to create a new pattern where an old, rutted pattern exists. And the chances of that rutted pattern continuing are great and so to create a new pattern takes a total investment from the student and I have to have that agreement.

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