Richard Freeman video: On yoga, Emerson, Pattabhi Jois and practicing

Here’s a good watch for a day off tomorrow (or today, since you’re already practiced, right?):

To get you to watch:

Richard Freeman shares his thoughts on yoga – from his first awareness of early yogic philosophies written about by Thoreau and Emerson to his journey of being a student of Pattabhi Jois and then eventually becoming a teacher to others. Richard reminds us that yoga is all about waking up and seeing how the mind works – and that though we may fall off the path many times a day, if we practice enough, we see what is not conducive to our happiness or the happiness of others. Yoga allows for the natural push and pull of true awakening. It is about gradually falling in love with life, with immediate experience, with reality as it is. Yoga helps you realize that you make yourself happy by making other people happy and that you make yourself sad by focusing on making only yourself happy. Ultimately, Richard finds yoga to be a powerful tool that helps us be nicer to each other.

That about covers it, but I should also add that Richard is taking part in a fundraiser for the Nepal earthquake victims. It’s Tuesday. Info here.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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