Iain Grysak Interview

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While in Bali I have been taking the opportunity to catch up with some of the teachers that can give us insights into the Ashtanga practice. In this interview I talk to Iain Grysak about the breath. We all know that we should use an Ujjayi breath throughout the practice but are you truly connecting with it, and using it to it’s full potential? We discuss the common areas in which problems can occur and Iain even gives a short breathing exercise designed to connect more subtly with the breath.

Iain Grysak began practicing yoga in 1999 in the Iyengar tradition. He encountered Ashtanga yoga in 2003 and has maintained an uninterrupted daily Ashtanga practice since then.

Iain learned the primary and intermediate series from certified teacher Mark Darby during 2003-2004. He practiced with certified teacher Rolf Naujokat for 3-5 months each year from 2007-2014. Iain has completed both the 3rd (advanced A) and 4th (advanced B) series with Rolf. He also apprenticed with Rolf as an assistant in his Mysore-style classes for several years.

Iain has been teaching yoga since 2000 and teaching Mysore-style Ashtanga since 2005. He ran his own Ashtanga school, Ashtanga Yoga Yukon, in his native Canada from 2005-2013. He is currently based in Ubud, Bali and teaches above the Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe.

Iain emphasizes meditative awareness and attention to detail in his teaching and has a lot of experience in helping practitioners with injuries and chronic pains. He is also a longtime practitioner of Vipassana meditation.

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Iain runs Ashtanga Immersion Courses in Bali you check them out here:

http://spaciousyoga.com/ashtanga-vinyasa-full-immersion/

Visit Iain’s Website:

http://spaciousyoga.com

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