Bandhas — find your roots and wings

Once again, you’ve got a chance to study with Tim Miller and raise money for a good cause. Every year (at least), Tim runs a workshop with all the proceeds going to the Sean O’Shea Foundation. More about it here, and our past posts on it here. This time around, the workshop is scheduled for … Continue reading Bandhas — find your roots and wings

Friday asana aid: Finding your bandhas

I’ll step out on a limb (pun alert!) and say that if you queried Ashtanga practitioners, more would call the bandhas the most illusive aspect to the practice than anything else. More than dristi. Or the proper breath. Perhaps some small subset would smartly say, “Quieting the mind,” but we can figure they are just … Continue reading Friday asana aid: Finding your bandhas

Friday asana aide: Setu Bandhasana

I’m going to play it safe this week and go with well-known Ashtanga teachers; no way there can be too much wrong in these videos, then, right? (Well, maybe.) We’re back to First Series: Setu Bandhasana. And first up, David Garrigues: Next, Kino MacGregor: And that is it. Plenty of other videos, but without the … Continue reading Friday asana aide: Setu Bandhasana

Sunday’s Ashtanga lesson: Bandhas can keep you from vomiting

As I’ve made clear in a few earlier posts, a busy February means to intrude upon my preparation for the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence. Lots of travel combined with a handful of early meetings and, voila!, I don’t expect to be quite as focused and “in the zone” as I’d like. We’ve had some interesting debate about … Continue reading Sunday’s Ashtanga lesson: Bandhas can keep you from vomiting

What’s Third Series Done for Me Lately?

Years ago when I took Tim Miller’s First and Second Series teacher trainings here in Encinitas, my favorite part of the discussion of the poses was the moment when we focused on the specific benefits of each asana. In First Series, Tim would also read from Pattabhi Jois’s Yoga Mala, where Guruji carefully describes benefits, … Continue reading What’s Third Series Done for Me Lately?

Friday asana aid: Arda Matsyendrasana

One thing I’ve discovered, speaking purely of asana now, during my yoga studies is that the “easier” postures are only easier up to a point. Getting them “right” (which I know is a topic unto itself) — drisjti, bandhas — getting maximum benefit from them is just about as hard as perfecting a really “tough” … Continue reading Friday asana aid: Arda Matsyendrasana

Here’s what I’m most looking forward to at the 2016 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

If you missed it, the schedule for March 2016 dropped on Tuesday. (Apparently, giving out “new” schedules isn’t a bad thing to do on Tuesdays!) A few things caught my eye: Led with Richard Freeman, which I don’t think I’ve done yet. David Swenson and Tim Miller, together, talking about teaching the standing poses. There’s … Continue reading Here’s what I’m most looking forward to at the 2016 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

In time for Guruji’s 100th birthday, here’s Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2016 schedule

This may have landed in your inbox, but if not — or if, anyway — the 2016 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence’s schedule is out today. Link here and the schedule: THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD 4:30-5:30 pm – Ganesh Puja performed by Eddie Stern In India, the elephant headed god is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings. … Continue reading In time for Guruji’s 100th birthday, here’s Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2016 schedule