Breakfast, and a few questions, with Manju Jois

Below is a short video that went up this week. It’s a quick Q&A with Manju Jois over breakfast: The voice off screen belongs to Pranidhi Varshney. We know her from the Ashtanga scene — oh what a horrific phrase! — here in Los Angeles. You can check out our posts on her chanting CD and her thoughts … Continue reading Breakfast, and a few questions, with Manju Jois

Why We Learn Mantras in Ashtanga

“Yoga,” says Tim Miller, “contains a heavy element of the intelligent use of sound.” By this, Tim means actually using mantra, bhajans, seed syllables, kirtan—all of the musical tools offered to us by traditional Indian forms of worship—to change the nature of our internal life. Tim integrates sound into all of his teaching. If you’ve … Continue reading Why We Learn Mantras in Ashtanga

Countdown time: Reintroduction to Nancy Gilgoff

We are just days away from the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, and next up in our reintroduction lineup is Nancy Gilgoff. (This is the first of two we had.) This one is a little different. We asked friend Pranidhi Varshney a few questions after she spent a week at Nancy’s House of Zen and Yoga studying with … Continue reading Countdown time: Reintroduction to Nancy Gilgoff

A look inside the House of Yoga and Zen

We’ve just had a friend, and fellow Ashtanga practitioner, Pranidhi Varshney, return from a double whammy: a week at Nancy Gilgoff’s House of Yoga and Zen and a week of teacher training with Manju Jois. Pranidhi has practiced with Manju before; he was one of her first Ashtanga teachers. We’ve practiced alongside her in a few … Continue reading A look inside the House of Yoga and Zen