Interviews

Interviews

  • Becoming Animal: Using Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation as Embodiment Practices for the Cultivation of Organic Intelligence A practitioner in my Mysore program recently asked me: β€œIf one side of a posture is more open than the other, and I feel like I can keep going deeper in the more open side, should I hold back to try to even it out with the less open side?” My response drew from what I feel is one of the most beautiful aspects of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. What follows ...
  • Prem Carlisi Interview 2016 Prem is such a pleasure to talk to, he is open and genuine and with so many years behind him both practicing and as a teacher his connection with what really matters is right there. The focus of this interview was really his early years starting out with yoga but as you can imagine we soon digressed to many even more worthwhile topics. If you fancy studying with Prem and Radha ...
  • David Keil Interview 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, Ashtanga Yoga and of course a lot more. You can check out his site here www.yoganatomy.com Here ...
  • Michael Gannon Interview 2016 Michael Gannon is certainly not one of those teachers you have to tease information out of. In this interview we talk about his experiences as a teacher, modifying the practice (variation vs approximation), and his upcoming book. You can find out about where you can practice with Michael from his website: http://michaelgannonyoga.com/ Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come! Check out the ...
  • Themed Interview with David Robson: Floating and Jumping 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 interview on the subject. I always have a lot of fun interviewing David because he ...
  • John Scott Interview 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 at the beginning about moon phase and how it might influence our practice but there ...
  • Joey Miles Interview This is a great interview I did with the charismatic Joey Miles. We talk about what brought him to yoga and what he sees for his future as a teacher and practitioner, and of course a lot of other things. Joey is a kind and compassionate teacher and definitely someone I would seek out to study under. Last year I interviewed Joey and somehow the footage got corrupted, so this ...
  • Interview with Simon Borg-Olivier Popular all around the world Simon Borg-Olivier has definitely had an influence on many teachers yoga. It was a great pleasure to be able to catch up with him in Goa and finally get to chat with the man himself. You can also check out Simon’s website for more details about where to catch up with him: http://yogasynergy.com/ And here is the demo I mention in the interview! Simon also runs a world ...
  • Interview with Paul Dallaghan 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 within a general approach to health and fitness. You can also check out Paul’s website for ...
  • 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 πŸ™‚ ). We go on to ...
  • Themed Interview with Mark Darby: Forwardfolding So this season I decided to do some interviews themed around different aspects of the practice. The format is a chat about the subject and then a demo /workshop. In this interview I get to talk to Darby and I chose forwardfolding not only because a good few students struggle at least initially with these types of postures but also because he has an approach that is not necessarily the ...
  • Interview with Josefine Selander In this interview I talk to Josefine about the concepts in her new book called Yoga & ACT. ACT stands for Acceptance Commitment Therapy and the book sets out to help you be effective in using yoga as a vehicle to start addressing some of the ways you deal with things in life. Josefine is very down to earth and has a great way of explaining things. You can visit Josefine’s ...
  • The Wonderful World of Fascia This was so much fun to do and of course very topical at the moment coming shortly after the Fascial Research Congress. Joanne Avison is a yoga teacher and author of the book entitled Yoga Fascia Anatomy and Movement and I was lucky enough to be able to interview her when I was back in the UK. The interview runs at two and a half hours and we only realized ...
  • Maty Ezraty Interview It was a great pleasure to do this interview with Maty. She is so full of enthusiasm and compassion it shines through everything she says. I remember the group at Purple Valley being so excited to be practicing with her and I think you will get a feel of why when you listen to this. You can find out more about Maty and her schedule here: www.matyezraty.com/ Here are some of the ...
  • Interview with Yin Yoga Teacher Magdalena Mecweld I met this lovely lady recently at Purple Valley where she had come to practice Ashtanga. I am all for mixing styles and finding what suits your body so when I found out that Magdalena was a famous Yin teacher and bestselling author I was very keen to interview her. She is so relaxed and full of enthusiasm, that whatever she is doing definitely works for her and maybe will ...
  • Interview with Wambui Njuguna on her Pregnancy and Yoga How you should modify you asana practice when pregnant is obviously a very personal thing, but it certainly helps to hear how other people balanced the two. Wambui has such a great calmness and kindness about her, that after this short interview Karolina (Director of Purple Valley) and I almost said at the same time: We must get Wambui to do a led practice and no sooner said than done! I will ...
  • Mini Interview and Demo with Suresh Munisamy I was in Bali recently teaching anatomy and physiology on a training for Matthew Sweeney and met yoga teacher Suresh Munisamy. He is a very sweet humble guy and I had no idea of the sort of postures he could do until a friend showed me some pictures. I thought you would enjoy a little interview and short demo. Suresh started yoga at 12 years old, that might explain why ...
  • Kino MacGregor & Tim Feldmann Interview Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann are both world renowned Ashtanga teachers in their own right but they also manage to find time to teach together as well. I focused this joint interview around them as a couple; how they approach teaching together, how their practices differ, do the like to practice together or seperately, who goes to who when they have a asana conundrum, that sort of thing. Here are some ...
  • David Keil Interview 2015 When I first started getting into yoga anatomy it was David Keil’s website and videos that I turned to so it is always top of my list to get the chance to sit down and chat with him. Ok so it’s going to be a bit geeky but David always explains things in such an accessible way, and the more you know about the way your body works the better! David ...
  • Mark Robberds Interview 2015 It’s great fun to interview Mark Robberds because he is so chilled and as much as surfer dude as he is an Ashtangi. We get to talk about his twin passions and how he works on his strength, lessons he has learnt himself from other teachers as well as techniques he incorporates into his practice. I even managed to get him to demo stuff right there in the interview, not ...
  • John Scott Interview 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 are at the core of John’s teachings, such as the vinyasa count, and the embodiment ...
  • Laruga Glaser Interview 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 the fluidity and femininity of her practice. I am in the lucky position to be ...
  • 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 retreat center Purple Valley in Goa, India before carrying on further ...
  • Julie Martin Interview Vinyasa Flow teacher Julie Martin is Director of Brahmani Yoga and teaches workshops around the world. In this interview I talk to Julie about the important things to bear in mind when sequencing, multi-level classes, using non linear movement, buoyancy in postures and how she has adapted the way she teaches over the years in response to her changing understanding of the body and yoga. You can find out more ...
  • Loveyogaanatomy Special Emissaries Your Chance to Join the Team You might have already seen the new Magazine page: Hey Stu! What’s your Question?, where I am asking a question to a teacher and posting their video response. Well now it’s your turn to get in on the act! It’s obvious too me that there are so many great teachers out there that I either don’t know about or have no way to contact.Β  You may also ...
  • Louisa Sear Interview It was great to be able to catch up with Louisa Sear at her new retreat center, ‘The Shala Bali’. Louisa started running yoga teacher trainings over 20 years ago, back in the day when they lasted 9 months. One of the things we talk about in this interview is the key facets that have remained as the trend has been for shorter and shorter courses. The development of a ...
  • Mark Darby Interview It’s great to have the opportunity to talk to teachers that have been with the Ashtanga practice for so many years. Mark explains the things he emphasizes in his teaching, breaking patterns, bandhas and more. 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. Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle
  • Michael Gannon Interview 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 to come! Check out the Interview page for the full list. Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle
  • Tim Feldmann Interview 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 asanas. Visit Tim’s Website: http://www.yogajoy.org Tim also has his own column here at loveyogaanatomy, while you’re here ...
  • Raw Food: Ben and Sayuri Interview Many people have asked me to post more about nutrition on the site, so I recently managed to arrange an interview with popular raw food chefs Ben Richards and Sayuri Tanaka. Not only do they run raw food trainings but they also are involved with joint raw food & yoga retreats as well as have their own raw food restaurant in Ubud Bali. Amoungst other things I get to ask ...
  • Matthew Sweeney Interview 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 as well, they are listed at the bottom. If you want to just listen to the ...
  • Norman Blair Interview While I was in London recently I snatched the chance to interview Ashtanga and Yin Teacher Norman Blair. Many practitioners are drawn to the idea of supporting their yang predominant practice with something more restorative or yin. In this interview we discuss what is meant by yin yoga and how it can complement an Ashatanga practice. Norman began practicing yoga in the early 1990s and he has been teaching since 2001. ...
  • David Keil Interview If you are interested in Yoga Anatomy or Ashtanaga you will know about David Keil. With his great and informative website http://www.yoganatomy.com/ and worldwide workshops. I was like a kid in a toy shop when I got the chance to interview David. Loads of topics were covered with plenty of geeky anatomy talk. At this time I am posting the interview in manageable bites with the whole thing coming soon. How ...
  • Petri Raisanen Interview 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 this quite but powerful presence holds the energy in the room in a state that ...
  • David Robson Interview David Robson has one of the world’s largest Ashtanga mysore programs outside of Mysore itself. He is part of the new vanguard of teachers that have studied only under Sharath Jois. A level 2 authorised teacher he describes himself as traditional in style. David is one of the most passionate and entertaining teachers that I have had the pleasure in interviewing and I know you will enjoy this. If you ...
  • Melanie Cooper Interview 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 The Life Centre Islington in London. In this interview I talk to her about teaching ...
  • Glenn Ceresoli Interview 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 and workshops. His depth of knowledge and experience allows him to guide students deeper into ...
  • Alexander Medin Interview I know you will like this a lot. I managed to grab an interview with Alexander while he was leading a retreat at the wonderful Purple Valley Yoga Center in Goa, India. We talk about the how the asana practice fits into yoga, the importance of finding stillness in the postures, his own experiences starting out as well as one of his most recent projects ‘Back in the Ring‘.I have ...
  • Anthony Prem Carlisi Interview 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 Gregor Maehle’s interview is here). So I went to the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center ...
  • Gregor Maehle Interview Gregor Maehle Interview Part 1 Gregor Maehle Interview Part 2 Gregor Maehle Interview Part 3 Gregor started his Yogic practices 30 years ago. In the mid-80’s he commenced yearly travels to India where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters and traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. Amongst others he studied 14 months with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and in 1997 was authorized by him to teach. Since then he has ...

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