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An Ashtangi place to be: Columbus, Ohio?

February 3, 2012
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Sorry, I have to put that Valley Girl-esque question mark at the end of the headline (complete with rising tone in my voice? You know what I mean?) because, well, Columbus, Ohio?

Like, you’re totally BSing me, for sure?

OK, that’s the extent of the ’80s Valley Girl cliches I can come up with, so you’re safe now. On to the answer. Yes. It’s a pretty simple reason why:

Yoga on High.

We were alerted to this studio by Rose at YogaRose.net, who was touting Tim Miller’s annual workshop there.

And then we looked deeper, and what did we find? Richard Freeman.

Tim’s workshop comes in April, and Freeman’s is in November. That’s two pretty solid bookends at Yoga on High this year.

Tim is doing two programs while he’s there, and as Rose pointed out, one in particular looks very interesting.

Tim’s busting out Advanced Series. Yes, you read that right. Advanced. Here’s what it says:

K. Pattabhi Jois, better known as Guruji, devoted 70 years of his life to researching and teaching the methodology that we know as Ashtanga Yoga.  Based on the foundational teachings he was given by his Guru, the great T. Krishnamacharya, Guruji spent many years putting together the asana sequences that have come to be called Yoga Chikitsa (Primary Series), Nadi Shodhana (Intermediate Series), and Sthira Bhaga (Advanced Series).  All of these sequences went through changes over the years and have only been practiced in their current form for the past 30 years.   It was largely through Guruji’s interaction with his western students that these sequences were refined into their present form.  The western students have been both the primary guinea pigs and the main beneficiaries of this refining of the system.

[snip]

In this intensive, Tim will guide an exploration of Guruji’s first three asana sequences, devoting one day to each.  Monday’s practice will be Yoga Chikitsa, Tuesday’s will be Nadi Shodhana, and Wednesday’s will be Sthira Bhaga.  Tim will offer an in-depth explanation of the purpose of these sequences as well as adaptations and preparations for some of the more challenging asanas.

That sounds interesting, does it not? It’s the first time I recall his doing so (although I’m far from an authority on such things). I’d suspect he might be doing so because Yoga on High is a regular stop and there is a lot of familiarity with the students. Still, I wonder if he’ll be incorporating Advanced into any other workshops.

If so, I will know some workshops I should avoid!

Posted by Steve

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  1. February 8, 2012 3:00 pm

    This is Martha from Yoga on High. I am just now discovering the Confluence blogs and the lively discussions here!

    My husband Jerry and I are so looking forward to being in celebration and practice with the larger Ashtanga community. We can’t wait to meet more of our ashtanga brothers and sisters and to be in the presence of our beloved teachers.

    With love from Columbus, Ohio,
    Martha

    • February 10, 2012 3:55 am

      Martha. Thanks for commenting and reading. It looks like you’ve got a wonderful shala there! We’ll see you in just a few weeks.

      Steve

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