Writings: New to Ashtanga

A Devoted Man and a Master

A Devoted Man and a Master

There was a devoted man, a self-taught yogi on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean. He had all of these devotional practices that were half based on Hindu rituals and half what he had made up.
Durga Means Difficult to Reach

Durga Means Difficult to Reach

...its important to remember that your struggles with the difficult physical actions are merely a warm up for the stances that yoga ethics demand.
Hi World, It’s David. I’m Calling for a Cry In.

Hi World, It’s David. I’m Calling for a Cry In.

There are no easy or fast solutions to many of the problems we each face personally as well as collectively.  There is often great complexity in the even the basic matters that we must deal with.  The complexity that is inherent to acting skillfully and responding fittingly to whatever circumstances we face requires us to be patient, caring, and compassionate with ourselves and with each other.
84,000 postures and Krishnamacharya

84,000 postures and Krishnamacharya

Its important to remember that yoga can be a primary source of health and a main component of preventative and curative medicine
How to Make Your Yoga Practice Potent

How to Make Your Yoga Practice Potent

Abhyasa is a Sanskrit word that is defined as the effort to remain steady in a state of yoga (citta vrtti nirodha) and thus be able to see beyond the visible, material world to the sacred...
Two Great Allies: Creativity and Ingenuity

Two Great Allies: Creativity and Ingenuity

Every exercise in practice provides you with a microcosmic opportunity to advance along your solitary path to the macrocosmic pinnacle of yoga.
Ashtangis, the Great Lovers of Shape Making

Ashtangis, the Great Lovers of Shape Making

Hi level shape making has little to do with doing advanced shapes and more to do with feeling compelled to mine the gold from nearly any shape.

Crazy for Tapas

Every act of prayer contains an element of emptying yourself, a relinquishment of volition, will and ego. 
Gestures and Doubt

Gestures and Doubt

Sansaya (doubt) is one of the 9 obstacles that clouds the mind and thwarts practice. Skepticism, cynicism, jadedness, lack of trust, fear of trust, worry, anxiety, anticipating the worst, finding the worst, all of these are reflective of doubt.
Energetic Concepts of Mula Bandha

Energetic Concepts of Mula Bandha

Your work with the pelvic floor is more than a physical practice of contracting certain muscles in the lower pelvis. Whether you contract the anus, genitals, or the perineum, it is more valuable to focus on mula bandha as an energetic redirection...

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