Category: Ashtanga

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Alexander Medin Interview (Back In The Ring 2)

Alexander Medin is now into the second year of his ‘Back In The Ring’ project, which aims to help people suffering from drug addiction (mostly heroin) to stay clean through the use of Ashtanga Yoga and the selfless helping of others. The mission statement is: Strength, clarity and transformation through helping others. Alexander brought this years group to Ashtanga yoga...

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Technique Pointers for Marichyasana D

06 Febuary 2015: Interviewee: Peg Mulqueen From what I have seen Peg Mulqueen spends much of her time studying with great teachers and that is good news for us because she has a wonderful talent for assimilating what she has learnt and passing that on to the rest of us in her own easy to understand style. She seems to...

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Kapotasana in 3 (not-so) easy steps

Asana Quick Fix: 30 January 2015: Kapotasana in 3 (not-so) easy steps Step One from David Garrigues: It’s something I’ve written here before about – the lift UP. It was David G. who first taught me to raise my arms to lift me UP and out of my pelvis while rooting down through my legs. Many of us dump into...

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You Stop There: Lessons from Sharath Jois and Reflections on the Mysore Method

I recently returned from my first three month trip to practice with Sharath Jois in Mysore. I am not a newcomer to the Ashtanga system – I completed the 4th series with my previous teacher Rolf Naujokat earlier in 2014, and have maintained a daily Ashtanga practice for nearly 12 years. I knew that when I went to Mysore for...

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Reformation of an Ashtanga Zealot

In this article I describe my history with Ashtanga Yoga, how my approach changed over the decades, some of the problems that I encountered, their solution and how this has influenced my teaching. How I came to Ashtanga: Initially I was only interested in the meditation and philosophy aspects of yoga and practiced and studied those for many years. I...

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Jump out of Bakasana

08 January 2015: Interviewee: Mark Robberds Following on from the recent post on Jumping into Bakasana Mark Robberds completes the circle with this clip on jumping back out of Bakasana. When you first start trying to do this it can seem like your legs are glued to your arms probably encased in lead boots, but a bit of giggery pokery...

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Transition out of Utkatasana

05 January 2015: Interviewee: Laruga Glaser I don’t know about you but for some reason even though I have been practicing Ashtanga for ages I still have trouble figuring out what I am meant to be doing as I leave Utkatasana and Warrior II. Who better to call on than Laruga Glaser to demonstrate what it should look like, allowing...

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How to jump into Bakasana

04 January 2015: Interviewee: Mark Robberds Mark Robberds is a Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher and takes workshops and retreats around the world. You can find out more about his coming events on his website http://www.markrobberds.com. I had the pleasure of practicing with him recently while he was at Purple Valley in Goa and came away with many great tips. This...

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Floating jump to standing from downdog

02 January 2015: Interviewee: John Scott John Scott has been teaching workshops around the world for many years and they near enough get filled the moment they are announced. One of the reasons for this is his excellent ability to explain how to work on different asanas and transitions. In this video John explains how to perfect the floating jump...

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