How Derek Ireland got introduced to Ashtanga

I promise I will get to the story of how Derek Ireland got introduced to Ashtanga. Just indulge me for a second as I try to explain how we have this story. One of the benefits for us — and none of us do anything that has “no benefit,” right? — in starting this blog … Continue reading How Derek Ireland got introduced to Ashtanga

Twice the yoga in prison is twice as good

A great update on his work with inmates is over at Robbie Norris’ site. We touched on it before, via Eddie Stern’s highlighting it, but Robbie adds a little more detail: With the inception of the non-competitive, anonymously funded grant last September, I added two classes per week for the ladies of the Richmond City … Continue reading Twice the yoga in prison is twice as good

Reminder: What yoga is all about

In the past week or so I’ve noticed a string of news stories about yoga’s potential benefits for prisoners. Here’s a quick sampling: The BBC: Prison was Villa Devoto, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “It was the worst place I had seen in my life,” Nick says. “They don’t have cells, they have open wings, where … Continue reading Reminder: What yoga is all about

On yoga and cancer: ‘Correct yoga practice entails a sense of gratitude’

We’ve directed your attention to Robbie Norris before. The simple reason: He’s performing some pretty amazing seva, teaching yoga to people in the jail in Richmond, Va. Now, in his most recent post, he’s out-done himself, in two clear ways: He drops some great one-liners about the practice, and my read on them is he … Continue reading On yoga and cancer: ‘Correct yoga practice entails a sense of gratitude’

Study: Yoga helps prisoners with mental health issues, could save money

We’ve pointed you in Robbie Norris’ direction a few times. He teaches yoga to prisoners in Richmond, Va. Now there’s even more science to back up all the great work Robbie is doing. A study by researchers at Oxford University have completed a 10-week trial on prisoners that discovered a variety of benefits. Per the … Continue reading Study: Yoga helps prisoners with mental health issues, could save money

This is what yoga should be about

It’s easy, and understandable, to touch on some of the lighter aspects of yoga and Ashtanga. The Ashtanga police, for instance. Who doesn’t like complaining, or not complaining, about them? And have any of us avoided the Ryan Gosling memes? (Show of hands for those who don’t want to avoid them?) All of these things … Continue reading This is what yoga should be about

‘The potential of Asana to hold the full spectrum of classical Yoga’

Our good (albeit virtual) friend Robbie Norris just pointed us in the direction of a really thoughtful and wonderful piece on yoga and asana. It’s by his friend, and now teacher at Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop, Ty Landrum. Here’s a link to Ty’s piece and some excerpts to queue up your interest: Modern Yoga is … Continue reading ‘The potential of Asana to hold the full spectrum of classical Yoga’

Yoga as therapy for PTSD and prisoners

A great quote highlights a story this week on PRI’s The World about yoga’s use in treating PTSD: “I thought it was a joke,” said Vietnam veteran Paul Gryzwinski. “And I remembered actually laughing out loud and they said no we’re really not kidding you’re going to be going to yoga.” The focus of the piece, … Continue reading Yoga as therapy for PTSD and prisoners

Broome St. Temple adds to support of Richmond jail yoga program

Eddie Stern’s Broome St. Temple is directing a $12,000 grant to the Ashtanga Yoga program at the Richmond City Jail, run by our friend Robbie Norris. The money originates via a private donor through the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. It runs for six months. Robbie has the news over at his blog. Take … Continue reading Broome St. Temple adds to support of Richmond jail yoga program

More letters from prisoners prove Ashtanga works

Our friend-by-way-of-the-Internet, Robbie Norris, has posted two new letters from inmates to whom he teaches yoga. If that doesn’t sound familiar, check out our previous posts on Robbie. And, I’ll repeat: We’re talking about teaching yoga to folks in prison. Here’s how he’s prefaced his latest offering: Individuals taking private lessons; boys at Oak Ridge Juvenile Correctional Center; and … Continue reading More letters from prisoners prove Ashtanga works