John Friend’s new ‘Roots’ yoga practice sounds awfully familiar
I know there’s nothing new under the sun, but …
As was discussed in comments yesterday, Anusara’s John Friend is back from his … ummm… hiatus? … and he has both a new workshop schedule and a new yoga sequence (since he can’t really use Anusara anymore).
He’s calling it “The Roots Practice.” Parts of it sound familiar:
“The Roots” is a well-rounded practice that includes some hand-balances, fundamental thigh stretches, backbends, some basic abdominal exercises, sitting forward bends, hip-openers, and twists.
A set routine provides the students with something that they can take home and practice each day. The Roots routine is exceptionally detoxifying and transformative for any level of practitioner. When practiced as intended, ‘The Roots’ helps to cultivate focus, stamina, determination, and self-forgiveness, along with many other desirable life qualities. With a set of asana sequences, students will be able to clearly gauge their progress as they practice it on a regular basis.
Pranayama and meditation can be added and practiced with ‘The Roots’ for a complete well-rounded daily or weekly practice.
“Exceptionally detoxifying?” Students “can take [it] home and practice each day?” “Clearly gauge their progress as they practice it on a regular basis?” “Cultivate focus?” Add in pranayama?
You get where I’m going.
No, it’s not to a Bikram lawsuit. (If you don’t get where I’m going, read Pattabhi Jois’ Yoga Mala right now.)
Perhaps this just points to the intelligence of Ashtanga, as Bobbie just wrote.
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