Spend an hour with David Swenson

Here’s a video that slipped by us; today, it appeared on Facebook — but I can tie it back to the Third Series training because it is from Ashtanga Yoga Hong Kong’s YouTube channel; we’ve already linked to video from the training from there.


At least where the video is captured for me, it shows David partially standing and laughing. Which captures him nicely.

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‘I fell at his feet, sobbing like a child’

I feel like I’m on a bit of a broken record streak here when I say Tim Miller’s got a “must read” at his blog this week. But if you care about stories / memories of Guruji, it is:

The last time I saw Guruji was in May of 2008 when he came for the grand opening of the K. Pattabhi JoisYoga Shala in Isla Morada, Florida on Memorial Day weekend. I missed the first day of class due to family commitments, then flew the red-eye to Miami so I could participate in the final two days. After the two-hour drive from Miami, I arrived with 20 minutes to spare. There were 200 students lined up mat to mat.

Yes, I’m just giving you a teeny, tiny piece to encourage you to read it all. (You know I mean it when I link twice. And you know you want to understand the quote in the headline.)

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Being green, demons and too much snow

Tim Miller recounts his weekend with Krishna Das and plenty more in his latest post:

It was refreshing to hang out with Krishna Das over the weekend because he is very open in talking about his personal demons and the demons that torment all of us to some extent. He loves to tell the story of the great epiphany he had in his apartment in 1994, when, after a twenty year period of depression following the death of his guru Neem Karoli Baba, he realized that, “ the only way I was going to clean out the dark corners of my heart was by singing with people.” And so he found his Dharma, after many years of pain and suffering. When my own Guru, K. Pattabhi Jois passed away in 2009 I also went into a depression, for more like 20 months than 20 years—KD has always been way more dramatic than me.

As always, I’ve left the best parts for you to click to; you can find out how Tim’s relationship with Pattabhi Jois is now, read about his last time with Guruji and a little about poison.

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That’s all for Mysore this year and Yoga para todos

Classes through March are officially full. Here’s the word from the Mysore website:

Sharath’s class is full for DECEMBER 2014, JANUARY, FEBRUARY and MARCH 2015. We will not accept any more registration forms for these months. Please note that Sharath will be teaching until March 31, 2015. Please revisit our website in future for the date that he will resume teaching in Mysore.

You can, of course, practice with Sharath next October in the Himalayas on the next Namarupa yatra.

Because that doesn’t quite feel like a full post, here’s something else. It’s a video that popped up with a search for “Pattabhi Jois,” although I don’t see any actual relation. But the title, Yoga para todos (Yoga for all), caught my eye:

And what sold me is the chanting at about 8:20 — one universal language does make it seem like yoga is for all.

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On death, Krishnamacharya, injuries and Pattabhi Jois

We’re going to make it a video weekend here.

The following videos are of an Ashtanga teacher with whom I’m not particularly familiar, but for whatever reason he has blipped onto my radar a few times in the past couple of weeks.

Seems like these videos have ads. Sorry. They aren’t ours. (Although I suppose we have ads, too, as a result of not paying too much to wordpress. Maybe we should think about “monetizing” the blog. So very yogic, right?)





Maybe I should have spread those out over a week — get a little respite. For more on Horton, travel over here. From that:

Clayton has studied with both masters Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the Greensufi for a period of over 14 years. His practice and teachings are rooted in the Ashtanga Vinyassa Tradition and daily meditation. He is a member of the Yoga Society of San Francisco Brahmananda Ashram and a Founding Board Member of the Green Yoga Association.

His teaching style is traditional yet light hearted and relaxed. Clayton believes that by practicing and living yoga, we can transform ourselves and the world around us.

According to Clayton, “Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a complete and well-balanced system in which an experienced and skilled teacher can help any student ‘find their place’ within its structure regardless of individual challenges, aptitude and constitution.”

His bio says he is Authorized Level 2, and lists his current locale as the Phillipines. So I hope all is OK with him given the typhoon. If anyone has had interactions with him, feel free to provide some thoughts in the comments.

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Here’s a blog to add to your reading list: Anthony Gary Lopedota

If you don’t know who Anthony Gary Lopedota is, check out Tim Miller’s history of Ashtanga in Encinitas:

Encinitas holds the distinction of being the American birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga. David Williams began teaching here in the early seventies and sponsored Pattabhi Jois and his son Manju to come here for the first time in 1975. Brad Ramsey and Gary Lopedota, two of David’s students, opened their own yoga shala, called the Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam, after David moved to Maui.

This is when I first entered the picture, in January of 1978. The Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam was right down the street from my house on La Veta Avenue in what was once St. Andrews Episcopal Church. There was no electricity, heat or plumbing. Evening classes were done by candlelight and bodily functions were performed outdoors in a portable toilet. Brad and Gary were very serious students and maintained an air of both austerity and authenticity.


I took over the Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam in 1981 when Brad and Gary moved to Hawaii and it has survived several changes of location. The Ashtanga Yoga center is currently located in South Carlsbad on the border of Encinitas.

With that lead in, I can say that Lopedota is pretty active on Facebook, discussing a variety of physical and more esoteric issues, and has a website right here. Now, for good measure, he’s started a blog. First post is about the time after surgery:

I have been meaning to start a blog and am inspired to do so because a fellow yogi, Edward Modestini had surgery on his shoulder.
Like the title says, surgery is just the beginning of the healing process. After the major part of the healing from the surgery has occurred, it is ‘very’ important to have the associated muscles tested.

You’ll have to click the link to find out the tests one needs to go through after surgery is done.

We’ll keep an eye on his blog.

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Ashtanga Yoga Confluence and Bali Conference — now’s your chance

We noted yesterday that the pre-registration for the 2014 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence opened. You can register at this link. Reminder: It costs a little less but includes staying at the hotel (which is nice and convenient and allows you to be surrounded by other Confluence attendees but also means you are paying for the room).

The schedule is here. A little reminder:

Sunday: May 11, 2014

7:00 -9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Manju (asana)

7:00-8:30 am – Mysore taught by Richard, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Richard, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Ashtanga Yoga As It Is with Manju (vedic chanting/pranayama)
Manju began learning Vedic Chanting and Sanskrit at the age of seven from his father K. Pattabhi Jois. After several years of instruction Manju began to practice Vedic Chanting on his own. These simple Vedic mantras create a vibration that result in a feeling of well-being.  Manju enjoys sharing his favorite chants with anyone who is interested in chanting to help with memory, mental peace and relaxation.

4:00-6:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Q & A with Richard, Manju, Dena, Tim and David. Moderated by Dominic Corigliano. (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
This class offers an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers. Questions submitted in advance
will be addressed.

The Confluence isn’t the only big gathering on the horizon. I just saw that there are still a couple dozen spots available in the Ashtanga Yoga Conference happening next month in Bali. Link right here, and a reminder (although we did highlight it earlier):

Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference Course Schedule

Sunday – Thursday 8:00 – 10:00 Mysore class

Friday 8:00 – 10 : 00 Led class

Sunday – Friday 14 : 00 – 16 : 00 Workshop ( Each day different teacher)

Sunday , Tuesday and Thursday 19 : 00- 21 : 00 Evening Conference (Q+A)

Please email us for more detailed information and reservation for your space.

Email: prem@ashtangaworld.com

The Panel Discussions

First Panel Discussion
The history of Ashtanga “vinyasa” Yoga. The story of Rama Mohan Bramacharya, Krishnamacharya, and K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), and the early days of Ashtanga Yoga in America and the rest of the world.

Second Panel Discussion
Asana Principles and Practice: Research and exploration we have all done over the past 30-50 plus years! The daily practice of Ashtanga and how it has changed and modified for each teacher over the decades.

Third Panel Discussion
Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy: Sharing about the other 7 limbs from a practical, experiential real life and living personal perspective.

The Conference includes Manju; David Williams; Annie Pace; Danny Paradise; Mark and Joanne Darby; Anthony Carlisi; Heather Duplex; and Jeffrey Armstrong.

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