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.

  • Melanie Cooper Interview (2) April 12, 2014 While in Goa this winter I had the chance to interview Melanie Cooper. Melanie is an Ashtanga and Yin Teacher and has recently had a book published called Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana. She has been teaching for sixteen years and training other teachers for the last eight years. Presently she runs a mysore program at ...
  • John Scott Interview 2015 (0) February 22, 2015 It was such a pleasure to be able to practice with John Scott recently and to do this interview at Purple Valley in Goa. John’s energy and enthusiasm radiates from him and inspires all those lucky enough to be in the shala. I took this opportunity to delve into some of the things that ...
  • 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 ...
  • Interview with Paul Dallaghan (2) May 13, 2016 I was extremely lucky to be able to catch up with Paul Dallaghan while I was teaching a retreat in Samahita Retreat in Thailand. In this interview I get to talk to Paul about the teachers that influenced his practice, the studies he has now undertaken and how he feels the physical yoga practice sits ...
  • 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 ...
  • Glenn Ceresoli Interview (0) February 11, 2014 While at the beautiful Satsanga Yoga Retreat in Goa India I was lucky to arrange a rare interview with senior Iyengar teacher Glenn Ceresoli. Glenn has been practicing and teaching for over 30 years and although based in Sydney Australia he spends a good amount of his time traveling around the world holding intensives, retreats ...
  • Anthony Prem Carlisi Interview (6) September 7, 2013 So rather than just lying on the beach all day while I was in Bali, what was I doing, searching out those great teachers for interviews so that I can bring you the juice (ok, so I lie a bit, there was a fair amount of time on the beach, but hey it’s Bali. My ...
  • 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, ...
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