This looks like a brand new video that was uploaded by alvinmstarks on YouTube. It shows Sharath demonstrating the complete Primary Series with his voice-over instructions accompanying it. Great quality & audio. Samasthiti -
I finally caved in & got an iPhone 4s after being a Blackberry loyalist for the longest time. It must have been those consecutive series of outages that tipped me over when I was in Vancouver.
One of my biggest hesitations about switching over to an iPhone was the facility of typing emails on the B'berry.Turned out to be not such a big deal with the 4s as the keyboard is quickly mastered , just like a smaller version of my iPad 2.
And there's Siri , the virtual assistant , who takes dictation for emails & texts easily , sometimes with very amusing results. No comparison to my for-real-life-assistant at work though , hehe.
The camera res is incredible & the browsing & playback speed for YouTube vids are great. I have bookmarked Kino MacGregor & Jock Estonia's as favorites to reference for the Primary Series.
And I just downloaded Michael Gannon's Ashtanga Yoga app as a companion to my self-practice when I am on the road or can't get to class.
It is pretty well narrated ( focus on appropriate drishti , etc. ) & illustrated. I use the term "illustrated" as I was expecting Michael to actually film segments of the series on the app ; in lieu of that we have static images of him illustrating & guiding us through the various asana & vinyasa.
Since the app cost of $ 2.99 won't break anyone's budget ( it is def cheaper or as my grandparents would phrase it , "more reasonable " than a drop-in class or series ) ; I am not going to complain about the lack of motion.
If I do want to see ( & learn ) fluid asana & vinyasa though , there are my bookmarked ( & free of charge ) YouTube vids from Kino & Jocke. Hari Om Tat Sat.
Here is the 2nd installment of TYMI 2011's official vdos from YGB. It is extremely gratifying to view these clips of supporters from Ipanema , Hong Kong , Italy & more. I was able to sit-in this afternoon on a web darshan /class via Ustream with my Spiritual Master , Maharaja , & fellow devotees from South America : Brazil , Argentina & Colombia. The internet has really become a medium for goodness , a vehicle to share charity globally , like TYMI or for spreading light & joy via online darshans.
Jai , Obrigado & Grazie !
I would like to thank Steve C. for providing the following information regarding Bobbie Jo Allen & her new class, " Intro. to Ashtanga " , at Omkar108 YogaShala .
" Bobbie (full name: Bobbie Jo Allen) has been practicing Ashtanga for 10 years; she came to the practice after experiencing years of severe back pain and disc deterioration. A short time after starting with yoga she discovered Ashtanga, and that did the trick.
Her second teacher was a student of Tim Miller, and introduced Bobbie to him six years ago. Bobbie has completed both Tim’s one-week teacher training in Tulum but, more seriously, the 100-hour Primary Series training that he does each year, for two weeks, down in San Diego. She took it three years ago.
She (and we) started practicing with Jorgen Christiansson when he opened Omkar108. We were there for the puja and the first Sunday class.
If I had to sum up her teaching style in the shala, she’s very good with verbal cues and has a strong foundation and great knowledge of “the state of the pose.”
Bobbie is teaching an Intro. to Ashtanga (basically a led class up to navasana) three times a week: Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. , Sundays at 10:30 a.m. "
I have been following Bobbie & Steve's posts on their The Confluence Countdown blog & I find them informative , genuine & referential to tradition. Whereas so many "yoga blogs" are coming off as contrived & excruciatingly painful to read in their sheer disingenuity , TCC keeps it real & intelligent.
Via Casa Vinyasa , Ashtanga Yoga Shala , in Lisbon Portugal is this vdo of Sharath leading them through the Primary Series Live from NY on April 8th. Sharath will be conducting Led Primary & Intermediate Series the next 2 weeks at Jois Yoga Shala , Encinitas. I hope someone posts this live broadcast on YouTube in its entirety eventually. Would be great to play on my iPad when I am travelling & endeavoring to practice.
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 ? ".
I am in San Francisco this week hanging out at our SOMA office. The company's client base here is now made up of Tech industry honchos with properties in Atherton & beyond ; a marked contrast from our old guard "Energy" clients in TX & the newly wealthy Entertainment sector in LA.
So the buzz here this week was about Rupert Murdoch's confirmation in Sun Valley, ID that he had no intention whatsoever of buying TWITTER ; basically validating what everyone in the industry here says , and what I have always felt all along , as the Telegraph UK phrased so well . "Twitter is for Twits with Nothing Better to Do ."
There is a valid communication application for Twitter, but based on what I have seen , it is predominantly a constant barrage of "too much information" from a trivial and ego-driven perspective. Case in point being , do we really want to know you just took a nap ?
Mr. Murdoch is not interested in Facebook either. So the interest & heat here in SF is shifting towards "Invitation Only" networking sites like ASMALLWORLD. A potential member needs 5 invitations from current members in order to join ASW. I can vouch for the effectiveness of ASW when I used it to connect & meet-up with other members in Ipanema during my last trip.
At the end of the day, my personal agenda for networking would be communication & inspiration , hence this blog .
* To Jaimal Yogis : Stoked your book was reviewed in the London Times . Thanks for the email from Sacramento -
One of my favorites, Felicia Tomasko, of LA Yoga Magazine ( yes, I'll post my pic for you ) ; Irv from Yogitoes , Lonnie B. with filmmaker Arthur Klein ; Vytas B. from SMPY . Thanks again to Derik & Ryan Mills of Yogaglo & DJ Drez for an amazing set.
* Arvind, an emigre' from India, was SHOCKED when he first came to the US of A and saw how yoga was treated here as something just done on a mat. He created www.yogimilan.com as a platform wherein yogis can increase their knowledge & awareness of the TOTAL yogic path. As he mentioned, the higher one goes in consciousness, the more difficult it becomes to find companionship in the same realm. Hari Om , that's the truth.
Bhakti Yoga, among all the yogas is termed the easiest path as it involves opening one's heart through bhajans and surrendering to the Divine. Surya Das of the Temple Bhajan Band regaled us with tales of his visits to the holy city of Vrindavan. Tamaso Ma Jyoti Gamayah : Out of the Darkness & Into the Light -
** Jerome Mercier's 6 AM class this morning was lit by a single candle ; this from a teacher who never repeats a format. The QUALITY of his EXPERIENCE has always consistently been marked by attention to detail & education. He used a word today to describe this morning's session : CAMARADERIE , which was most appropriate , as he has a following of the best , advanced students with the right attitudes. I bring this up as my practice yesterday afternoon was marred by having to listen to the disrespectful chatter of newbies before class; a couple of them didn't even bother to can their stage whispering once my teacher had commenced.
Have people become so CALLOUS because of mobile phones ? What has happened to the concept of yoga as an oasis of tranquility?
I've been reading this book which describes QUALITY & EXPERIENCE using the analogy of the restaurant business. There are the CLASSICS that have withstood the initial surge of heat ( any of the Chaya restos come to mind) and have kept on due to their attention to loyal customers & quality of food, ambience , service,etc. On the other hand, there are the "flash-in-the-pans" who built their rep with the initial buzz, but once they commenced to pander to the LCD (lowest common denominator) and got sloppy , the initial base of customers then decided to move on. And the restaurants , once hot , are history.
So Jerome M. , muito obrigado for expressing your gratitude for my being present . I really felt it. You are a CLASSIC.
Via www.yogamates.com is this vid on meditation from Darren Main. A lot has been said on various blogs regarding asana & hatha yoga without touching on the "witnessing " & "being present" aspect of meditation & Raja Yoga.
I am also amped to have been invited by Kasey of YogaMates to be part of a shoot @ their new offices / studio downtown next weekend -