Friday asana aid: Chaturanga

Up front, I’ll admit to the inspiration for this week’s asana choice: newness. Looking at Youtube, I saw a video up this week on chaturanga, and, well, that was enough. As I’ve written before, there are only so many poses — after a couple of years of doing it (when you hit 100 or so … Continue reading Friday asana aid: Chaturanga

Rushing through chaturanga

We all have our asana problem areas, I suspect. Mine tend to manifest when I let myself rush — in other words, when I’m thinking about everything I have to do after practice and not about practice (which may just be not thinking, in the end). In particular, I know I zip through chaturangas and … Continue reading Rushing through chaturanga

Is it Chaturanga that makes Led Primary so daunting?

Yesterday, after a short practice at home during which I focused on my Chaturangas, I posted over on Facebook a link to one of our old posts: “Reminder: You’re probably doing Chaturanga wrong.” In it, there’s video of Lino Miele and he holds his Chaturanga each time, eyes forward. It’s a reminder that, yes, Chaturanga … Continue reading Is it Chaturanga that makes Led Primary so daunting?

Reminder: You’re probably doing Chaturanga wrong

There was a short period of time when I wasn’t doing the full Ashtanga Primary Series but I was doing the full vinyasa sequence up to Navasana. Grimmly has a nice post on it here. I agree with his assessment of doing the full vinyasa — basically coming to standing between every seated pose: “Really … Continue reading Reminder: You’re probably doing Chaturanga wrong

Yoga’s greatest myth is somewhere in your asana

So what is yoga’s greatest myth? One you may already know (although may not fully believe): that all your asanas are dozens, not thousands, of years old. That’s the hook to NPR’s (via Fresh Air) coverage of the new book on Indra Devi (which we pointed you toward a few days back): That yoga pose … Continue reading Yoga’s greatest myth is somewhere in your asana

‘Yoga appears to be too gentle physically to be anyone’s lone exercise’

That quotation is from the New York Times’ “Well” blog, as part of an answer to this question: “Is yoga sufficient strength exercise for optimal health, or do I have to lift weights in a fitness center?” Say it with me, now: “TRY ASHTANGA!” Amazingly, some apparently did. Check this out from the answer: Consider the … Continue reading ‘Yoga appears to be too gentle physically to be anyone’s lone exercise’

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Bikram?

It looks like a tough week for Bikram Choudhury. His legal troubles — including accusations of rape — are getting a treatment familiar to the Ashtanga world: the pages of Vanity Fair. Remember that? I wasn’t going to highlight the Vanity Fair piece — a little too beyond our scope — but then I saw … Continue reading Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Bikram?

Stiff yoga guide: Utkatasana

First off, I have to effuse for a second. Over at ashtangayoga.info, where I get most of my asana photos (including the one below), Utkatasana — chair pose, right? — is described as Wild Posture. I. Love. That. So much better than “chair pose.” It evokes so well the dynamism of this pose, which is … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Utkatasana

No more fear of flying

My back-to-basics Ashtanga practice the past six weeks, with its focus on alignment and the stretch of the poses instead of finding my way as deep into the full state of the pose as possible, has yielded a few immediate lessons. One has been a renewed and, let’s be honest, improved engagement with the bandhas. … Continue reading No more fear of flying