The flood of classic Ashtanga videos continues to flow

Clifford Sweattie, of the website Prana Airways, has just posted a set of four videos from 1985.

Here’s the first:

Here’s the description:

Advanced A Ashtanga Yoga practice, Kealakekua, HI with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Advanced A Ashtanga Yoga Practice taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois with practitioners Clifford Sweatte and Chuck Miller, others to be identified pending their approval Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii October, 1985
in a garage
Advanced A Ashtanga Yoga Series
Kala Bhairavasana
Durvasasana
Vasisthtasana
Vishvamitrasana
Parsva Bakasana
Astavakrasana
Mula Bandha
Uddiyana Bandha
Jalandhara Bandha

The other videos you can get at the Youtube channel.

Here’s a quick bit from Sweattie’s bio:

In 1974, I met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California and began studying Ashtanga Yoga. A small group of us contributed funds for their Indian teacher to travel to the U.S. and in the fall of 1975 Guruji (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) and his son Manju arrived in San Diego to teach daily classes to our group in Cardiff-by-the Sea, California. In addition to Guruji’s Asana classes, several of us were taught Pranayama and in the evenings we attended his theory classes.

I’m not sure if the run of videos has cajoled others to post theirs; whatever the reason, it’s great to see more videos coming online.

Update, April 26, 2014:

I’m seeing online that people are saying this week Chuck Miller said (at a workshop) that this video happens to be the first time Guruji took him all the way through the Third Series/Advanced A sequence. Apparently he’d only done the first three poses before then; it explains why he comes out of poses early and gets yelled at a lot.

Posted by Steve

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One thought on “The flood of classic Ashtanga videos continues to flow”

  1. Another classic video. To find this stuff, you guys are either the hardest working, most devoted Ashtangis ever–or you’re time travelling historians. When I see video of Krishnamacharya on his first day at Mysore Palace, I’ll know the answer.

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