It is video week here on the blog. Via Tatiane R. ( So Ham Rio de Janeiro ) & Zen People Brasil is this vdo from Pedro de Melo Franco & Claudio Fernandez's Curso Aprimoramento em Yoga , Rio de Janeiro. Obrigado Tatiane . Beleza ?
Muito obrigado um mais pela meu amigo Henry G. Here's another exclusive HD vdo of David Swenson demonstrating how to lift the head off the ground in Shirshasana from the recent LA workshop. David Swenson's " The Practice Manual " is a must-have reference guide -
Danny Paradise is known to many non-practitioners as the teacher who first introduced Sting to yoga . Sting subsequently went on to become the role model & inspiration for a new generation of practitioners .
David Byck from Kuala Lumpur had also sent me a guest post a couple of years back on a workshop Danny had conducted there. It was an amazing experience for him.
Jodi B. with Shanti Shala Events is presenting Danny Paradise at a workshop here in LA on May 14th to 16th @ The Peace Yoga Gallery , 903 S. Main St. in Downtown Los Angeles.
All of Danny's classes on those dates will begin with an open discussion , followed by a full asana and pranayama practice. This is a special opportunity to learn from the 1st traveling Ashtanga teacher.
To register for this workshop by May 1st , please contact Jodi B. via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utplutihi is sometimes called Tolasana , but I like the latter name better as it describes that " lift-off " feeling of the asana. Traditionally , it is held for at least 10 slow breaths , or as David Swenson says in the Practice Manual , " Try to remain for 100 deep breaths - "
As part of the finishing sequence on a Sunday morning class , it provided that final burst of effort prior to savasana. By engaging mula bandha and uddiyana bandha , these forces work together in order to achieve upliftment , from both a physical and spiritual perspective.
The image from the left was taken by Tom Rosenthal ; his website Light on Ashtanga Yoga is an inspirational window into his search for the traditional practice of yoga in India. It celebrates the beauty of the form and that of spiritual India.
R. Sharath talks about Guru Parampara and yoga tradition. Thanks to Daily Cup of Yoga for posting this vdo on his blog. DCY is a fellow traveler in the sense that he is also blogging about his yogic path over the years. The blog does provide informative & enlightening content ; and the imagery and topics he picks are great resources for those who want to practice yoga.
You can throw a rock in Santa Monica and it will definitely hit a "Vinyasa " studio. This vdo from Miami Life Center espouses an innovative & fresh definition of a shala or studio ; and echoes what I have been mentioning on this blog , the return towards a more traditional format of practice." Classes come straight from the source ..." Kino McGregor , Tim Feldman & Greg Nardi are some of the teachers who emphasize deep learning and a personal growth experience @ www.miamilifecenter.com. Hari OM !
" Yoga may heal the body , but it also heals our lives . "
The past 3 weeks have been a personal roller coaster , with stress inducing trips to Dallas , New York , Greenwich ; and capped by the news of a very tragic incident early Friday morning. Through it all , it was a yogic challenge to maintain equanimity and just "observe" as my teacher advised me.
Max Strom's new book " A Life Worth Breathing " was a comforting companion during this trying phase , and it resonated with me.
There are a number of universal truths that get thrown out during the course of a yoga class or discussed in publications or online ; e.g.: a physical practice does lead towards transformation , etc. At times , I feel these tend to sound like cliches because there is no true wisdom or experience behind the discourse.
Max broke this down from the viewpoint and voice of an actual personal experience , his surmounting of a childhood physical handicap and that of a teacher , observing and witnessing the journey of various students.
There are several segments which have the tinge of a "self-help" tome , but through it all , he charts how the physical practice of asana , breath & meditation , will lead towards the light , that change. It's a good & contemporary reference & road map for consciousness.
I also appreciated his universal & inclusive approach to enlighten those who perceive the practice of yoga as specifically Hindu or Indian. The Divine experience is for everyone ; and he mentions something that I have always thought about , how religious fanaticism has caused so much strife & discord to humankind.
I went with my teacher yesterday to the Venice Temple to do puja and pray for the release of your soul , J. To offer up and trust you are finally free from the demons that beset you. When I first saw you as a baby, the words magnificent & sweet came to my mind. And seeing you grow up , most recently into a troubled young adult , but still providing glimpses of that original ,innate sweetness. I always hoped you would realize your full potential and be magnificent. So perhaps it was not meant to be in this lifetime , then onwards to the next. Om shanti.
Darshan is described as the beholding of a deity , revered person ( as in a guru or saint ) , or a sacred object. The experience is often conceived to be a reciprocal and results in the human viewer's receiving a blessing.
I like to think of it as an act of devotion & inspiration. This being the reason why I use this image of Sri Dharma as a wallpaper on my Blackberry. In trying moments, I can pull my phone out and visualize being calm & non-reactive. It also helps that he emailed me a mantra in MP3 format , so the experience is audio-visual ; an ancient tradition utilizing 21st CE technology.
My primary teacher , who is also very classic , uses SMS ( aka text msg. ) to convey wisdom & light. He has an uncanny , intuitive sense of knowing just when he needs to impart experience & knowledge.
And both teachers practice Darshan ; Sri Dharma has pictures of his guru Sri Swami Kailashananda @ DMYC NY & my local primary teacher brings out his favorite photo of Guruji at his daily Mysore classes. Lineage , dedication & devotion.
That is probably the reason why advanced & dedicated practitioners in NY ask " Who is your teacher ? " , instead of " Which studio do you go to ? ".