Ashtanga and its six poses. Just six

You may have already lucked into this, but it is too good not to share.

I first saw the condensed clip at Eddie Stern’s Instagram account. This week on the Today show, they dove into yoga and .. well, with Ashtanga there may have been a few errors. From the piece online, where you also can watch the full video (what is at Eddie’s Instagram is the best moment):

On the show Tuesday, Wolfe said the practice that began thousands of years ago is now hotter than ever, still offering all the same benefits.

“It stretches, it strengthens, it tones, it helps you connect to your heart, mind, body and breath,” instructor Narisara Vanichanan said on TODAY.

In the last few years, though, yoga has undergone something of a makeover. Classes are stepping it up a notch, keeping the foundation of breathing and flowing movement, but adding things like strength training, cardio and core work.


Advanced yogis may like Ashtanga yoga, six poses that are physically demanding.

Yes, you read that right. Six poses. As people are saying, though, at least they are hard ones! (Wouldn’t you guess if they were going to mess it up, it would have been about its having eight poses?)

Sorry I can’t get the clip to embed. But it is worth at least checking the Instagram.

And, I hope, that’s it for posting for today. When it rains, it pours.

Update: Someone should do a YouTube video of “The Six.”

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

8 thoughts on “Ashtanga and its six poses. Just six”

  1. … a mere slip of the tongue. She says poses when she means to say series. Yes, you may find this specific display of shallow knowledge “hysterical” but is it really so much different from the way how America has appropriated the concepts of yoga in general? Which is more disturbing, inadvertently reducing the 6 series to 6 poses or purposefully eviscerating the Surya Namaskar and call it a sun dance?

    1. I don’t see any reason to think she misspoke. Especially given the rest of what she said and that the “six poses” is still included in the online article, which has been up for days.

      And there’s nothing wrong with a little humor as part of the practice.

  2. I am sure many ashtangis would call Suryanamaskar B a pose. Hysterical.
    WTH, in any case it is all word play, as Wittgenstein would say.

  3. So this is how most folks think of yoga – hysterical yet saddening how everything has been misconstrued. “Close your eyes'” – really?? Hatha is for beginners?? And so Ashtangis can’t take Restorative classes?? Whatever happened to yoga is for everybody? The words she said: “… depending on your athletic level…”. We need to be athletes first to practice??
    And how the heck did she get Bikram correct with the 26 poses and not Ashtanga?

    Thank you for sharing. I’m a bit late to see this but it simply confirmed how yoga lately keeps on adapting to what people want. It needs to be the other way around. We adapt ourselves to our practice. Let yoga do you and not you do yoga. =)

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