Friday asana aid: Vasisthasana

This one’s a good one for an asana aid.

It’s both hard — it’s the first pose in Third Series, for pity’s sake — but also easy: We’ve all done “side plank” in a flow class.

So, on with the show:

This one seems to be the most popular:

One for beginners:

And one with a big old prop:

See, Third isn’t so hard.

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Friday asana aid: Salabhasana

In my post a week or so back on doing all of First and Second for the first time, something useful came up in the comments: the importance and value of Salabhasana.

I agree — it is a pose everyone should be doing. It’s great. I think it more than any other helped strengthen my lower back and in the process rid me of some very light but chronic pain.

But how, you wonder? Wonder no more:

And one from just two weeks ago:

A sort of related one:

And another sort of different:

Truth be told, it’s not the most popular pose to video — perhaps it seems easy? But it ought to be out there more!

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New Lino Miele video: ‘You are your own scientist, for yourself’

This trailer for a DVD covering a Lino Miele workshop in Stuttgart last year is new:

Here’s the description:

Lino Miele is a worldwide known teacher of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System. He was one of the closest students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He is the Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Rome and its affiliates in Milan, Tallinn, Montana and Buenos Aires. Today he teaches workshops and retreats all over the world. In September 2014 he was coming to Stuttgart, giving a 3 day intensive Workshop and also an exclusive interview.
In this DVD you will see Lino Miele in his unique manner talking about the essence of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System and how it can change your life. You also get to know him as a teacher and how he individually works with the student.
Yoga Students also talk about their experiences with Ashtanga Yoga and what an impact it had on their lives.
Overall in this DVD you can gain a deeper understanding of what Ashtanga Yoga is and how it works.
It is valuable for the beginner as well as for the more experienced student.

This Workshop and Interview was organized by Farzad Ahmadpour and Phelia Robertson owner of Ashtanga Yoga Stuttgart.

Info on the DVD comes about 3 minutes in, if you’re in a hurry. It looks promising.

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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 on practicing with Nancy Gilgoff at this link.

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Google says: This is now the most popular Ashtanga video on YouTube

For a long time — at least a year, and probably a good deal more — this has been the most popular (i.e. the first to be listed) video on YouTube:

Yep. That one. 1.3 million views and counting.

But in the last couple of days, this video has jumped to the top:

It’s almost at 94,000 views — but clearly many more people are clicking on it lately, shooting it up the algorithms. As you probably would guess, it’s essentially a half Primary class. Just a quick listen suggests she gets the counting right… but I haven’t gone through the whole thing.

It might be save to say this is how most new people lately have been introduced to Ashtanga.

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Ashtanga Yoga news from Bali

Maybe you get the newsletter from the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Institute, headed by Prem and Radha Carlisi.

If not, heck, if so, there are a couple of news items this month worth noting. First though, here’s a link to the full newsletter.

And two main highlights:

They’ve scheduled the 2015 Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference for April 5-10. The “presenting” teachers are Manju Jois, David Swenson, Danny Paradise, Nancy Gilgoff, Eileen Hall and Prem and Radha.

I checked, and as far as I can tell, the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence hasn’t announced a schedule yet; the first two years, if my memory serves, were around that time in April. This year it was a month later, in May, so there may be a nice spread of time between. Given that three of the teachers above have been at the Confluence, I’m assuming there will be some planning related to this. So you may be able to guess that the Confluence again will be in May. That’s total conjecture, though.

I could as easily conjecture it will be on the East Coast this time, or land in the middle around, say, Boulder, Colo.

Our coverage of the last Bali conference is at this link.

The second piece of news is for you video junkies. For a donation of $95 to their Shanti Carlisi Educational Fund, you can get access to 17 hours of video from the Bali Conference from last fall. You can do that here. A quick description of the fund:

The Shanti Carlisi Educational Fund supports deserving young women from countries such as Tibet, Bali, Sri Lanka and India, by providing funding for their study of the Ancient Vedic Arts of Living: Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation. These recipients will have the opportunity of studying with the best teachers around the globe, allowing them to become the next generation of dedicated practitioners and teachers in their countries. This experience will change their lives as well as the lives of many others.

For more, click here. You can find a preview video at the newsletter or among our coverage, at the link above.

And on an entirely separate note, click here (it’s click day, I guess) to get Tim Miller’s version of the rise of Krishna and the fall of Indra. He runs down the story of their conflict around Mt. Govardhana in his latest Tuesdays with Timji post.

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