On the 8 limbs, the kleshas and (always a fav) yoga and aging

Just found a trio of videos by Maria Boox, who teaches Ashtanga in Sweden and — for those focused on such things — is authorized Level 2 out of Mysore.

I’ll be honest. The Ashtanga world (and the yoga world, more generally) seems to have settled in for a long winter’s nap. The usual run of blog posts from teachers and others, news and even scandals (real and perceived) has been not much more than a slow trickle.

Add to it that we’ve been sick in our house and it adds up to some slow times.

So here are three videos to fill the quiet; they’ve not got many views — literally none in some cases and just two in others — so bump that number up:

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Sharath interview from Sweden: ‘Injuries can be good teachers’

There’s a fairly lengthy interview with Sharath, during his recent teaching stay in Sweden, going about today. I’d say that while it doesn’t necessarily cover any new ground, it acts as a pretty good distillation of topics I’ve seen Sharath cover.

It is right here. Given our focus at times over the summer on injuries, I’ll pull this part out:

Some people get injured while practicing, what advice can you give them?
– There are many reasons to getting injuries. First you must look at how it happened. If you have a bad teacher you might get hurt, it is the students job to find a good, serious teacher. Find out if the teacher is serious about his or her own practice; that is very important. Then there are students who wants more and more asanas, they try too hard, practices two times a day, and then you might hurt your body. Practice intelligently, not ignorantly. Some pain might occur just because your body needs to get used to the postures, that pain can be healed by continuing to practice. You should only worry if the pain is permanent.
Can we learn something from our injuries?
– Yes, injuries can be good teachers. They make us more humble.

Perhaps something else will resonate with you.

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