Themed Interview with Laruga Glaser: Backbending

Laruga Glaser is such an inspiration for many students and so there was great excitement when we decided to do this themed interview centered around backbending. I talk to Laruga about her own backbending journey and I think you will be surprised to hear that although we may assume they come so easy for her, they are not always her favorite postures (mine neither 🙂 ). We go on to talk about backbending in general and some good techniques to adopt. To put it all in context  (and to extract every bit of info I can from Laruga! ) we finish with a demo and explanation of Urdhva Dhanurasana and the backbends at the beginning of the Ashtanga Intermediate Series.

You can also check out Laruga’s website for more details about where to catch up with her: http://larugayoga.com/

Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come! Check out the Interview page for the full list.

  • John Scott Interview 2016 (0) July 19, 2016 I have been so lucky to be able to chat with John Scott quite a few times now. This interview amused me immensely because John was particularly difficult to keep on track as we meandered through multiple layers of digressions. In the end I think we did circle around to answer the question I posed ...
  • Michael Gannon Interview (0) July 25, 2014 In this interview with Michael I got to ask him about how he started his journey into yoga, and especially his rather unorthodox approach to teaching and his own practice. Using music! (yes you read right). And of course much more! Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more ...
  • Petri Raisanen Interview (2) April 17, 2014 Have you ever met someone who just makes you smile with the warmth that they emanate without having to say a word? That is Petri Raisanen. Calm, tranquil,and the sort of person that makes you feel that you have known them for ages even though you have just said hello. When taking a mysore practice ...
  • Themed Interview with David Robson: Floating and Jumping (0) July 25, 2016 Whenever I think of spicing up the floating and jumping in my Ashtanga practice I think of David Robson. Perhaps this is because of the brilliant videos he has had out like “learn to float” with so much technical detail. It was not a big guess to think of who we wanted for our themed ...
  • David Keil Interview 2016 (0) August 20, 2016 Its that time of year again when David Keil visits Purple Valley in Goa and I get to babble anatomy with someone who really knows his stuff. David is author of the brilliant book Functional Anatomy of Yoga and teaches around the world. In this interview we talk about the emerging interest in fascia, injuries, ...
  • Matthew Sweeney Interview (0) June 18, 2014 I finally caught up with Matthew Sweeney again. this time in Bali. In this interview we get to talk about what it means to have a therapeutic practice, his moon sequence, teacher qualities, observation of moon days, bandhas and more. If you haven’t already done so check out his two articles that are posted here ...
  • Tim Feldmann Interview (0) July 25, 2014 I really enjoyed doing this interview with Tim. He is easy to talk to and had lots to share. His experience and understanding of the body leads to some useful insights when discussing asana. We had time to talk about many topics including how his background in dance influences his teaching, as well as specific ...
  • Laruga Glaser Interview (4) February 9, 2015 Laruga Glaser is an authorized level 2 Ashtanga yoga teacher whose practice at times seems to defy gravity. If you watch a video of Laruga in action (such as the brilliant one by Alessandro Sigismondi: The Impossible ) it is obvious that her small frame is immensely strong but what impresses me even more is ...
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