In addition to the two weeks of study with Srivatsa Ramaswami, there were two other teachers I practiced under in 2018 that left a deep impression. The first of the two was with Sharmila Desai @sharmilasdesai . Like Fiona, Sharmila is a teacher of stillness. During her short visit to Vancouver she nevertheless shaped my understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa sadhana. Sharmila is attentive to every detail to the practice, right down to the alignment of a single finger. Of course, for its own sake, it doesn't matter whether a hand is held closed or opened in a bind, but I began to see that practising intentionality in every facet of our asana practice transforms it into a deep and embodied form of meditation.
Maria has guided me on the mat more than anyone else since I returned to Vancouver. She can see through the window of my practice into my larger wellbeing and is always there to support me. @ashtangayogavancouver @ashtanga_travels
Gratitude to Fiona Stang on her birthday. While her teaching is experienced most overtly through verbal instruction and touch, her richest guidance can be felt through stillness and silence. The shala she has created at @ashtangayogavancouver is also the embodiment of community - a space where we are all fellow students first and foremost. In an age where Yoga is increasingly experienced as a deliverable commodity, this is as precious as ever. Photo credit @mountainstrongbc
Free workshop tomorrow for semperviva members: What are we really doing in Yoga? @sempervivayoga Sun studio - 1 PM Workshop description below. Credit to @yogicstudies for bringing this incredible Elvis video to my attention. Have you ever had that moment in the middle of your downward facing dog where you ask yourself: what exactly am I doing here? Is this a workout, a kind of physical therapy, a meditation practice or perhaps a form of art? What are these postures for? Join Zander as we explore these questions together in a guided group discussion. We will begin by examining what exactly is happening in the postures (asanas) before moving on to the even larger question: what is Yoga? We will reflect on both of these questions from a personal perspective, sharing experiences and insights, and survey the evolution of historical answers to these two big questions. Come prepared with your questions and experiences of yoga. Wear comfortable clothing as we will do some light postures, and bring a pen and journal or something to write on.