This video is now topping the Ashtanga charts

I’ve been watching, probably over the past couple of months, as the search results on YouTube for “Ashtanga” shift. Down the list has gone the 1989 video of the senior Western students with Guruji; up and then down has come this current teacher’s video.

But the top has always remained the same. This one:

Until now. On Sunday, it finally got bumped. By this:

Now, this video hasn’t had as many total view (yet), but knowing YouTube, it has been getting more than any others recently. So it’s the new “most popular” Ashtanga video out there. For what that’s worth.

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Pattabhi Jois’ YouTube page? (Kinda, sorta, not really)

I don’t want to oversell this YouTube page — it obviously is not Guruji’s.

But it is a solid go-to collection of Guruji and Guruji-related videos. Link to the channel is here. And a taste of the videos:

Browse to your heart center’s content.

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Friday asana aid: Samakonasana

This one’s by request.

I do have to say, there isn’t a plethora of strong-looking video instruction for Samakonasana. But perhaps these will be helpful; not all strictly Ashtanga-based:

Next:

And:

This one just gives an idea for a modification:

That’s what I find (and that feels like it is worth a watch). If others know of others, please share in the comments.

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Friday asana aid: Chaturanga

Up front, I’ll admit to the inspiration for this week’s asana choice: newness.

Looking at Youtube, I saw a video up this week on chaturanga, and, well, that was enough. As I’ve written before, there are only so many poses — after a couple of years of doing it (when you hit 100 or so of these posts) — you begin to run out of new poses.

So new videos have to make do. And thus, in that spirit:

And then, going outside the Ashtanga circle (and this almost always gets me in trouble), the most popular chaturanga video from the past month:

Mark Stephens:

And now two more, not just from the past month. The two, I think, most popular videos. Because we know popularity = authority:

And:

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Friday asana aid: Dropbacks again

The first time we focused on dropbacks, well, if you want you can check out the comments. Anyway, here’s a new crop of videos to help you in this arguably essential part of the practice.

Up first, Kino MacGregor:

Next, our friend here in LA, Maria Zavala:

David Garrigues (Part I, Part II is on the Youtube page, and there may be a Part III?):

And finally some prep work with Kino:

It’s kind of surprising how few instructional videos there are of backbends. Lots of people showing off their backbends, but few walking people through them.

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Loofa your subconscious and get help, more easily, from David Garrigues

Two quick Labor Day items for you — we labor so you don’t have to!

After a self-admitted hiatus, Eddie Stern is back to his blog and dropping quick and hilarious posts. With Ashtanga Yoga New York closed through this weekend, ’til Tuesday in fact, he posted a video of “Voices Carry” by the 1980s band of the same name.

And then on Sunday he posted one with this title: “My Subconscious Could Use a Good Exfoliation.” Here’s the link to the best dayspa imaginable. Enjoy, and book early!

A bit more substantial is the fact that David Garrigues — who is on our short list of Ashtanga teachers we most want to practice with — has redone his YouTube page. And we agree with him. It looks better and is much easier to navigate. He has poses broken down into a variety of subcategories such as “New to Ashtanga,” “Transitions,” “Arm Balances” and “Backbends.”

Here’s the link. It might now be the best resource for “asana aid” out there. (Anyone know of one better?) Here’s the Bakasana video, just for fun:

Finally, a programming note. Bobbie’s got lots more to talk about from her Second Series teacher training with Tim Miller. Stay tuned; she just needs the time to sit in front of the computer, and I’ve been keeping her too busy since she got home.

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