Tomorrow I'm offering a workshop on the Yogasutras at @sempervivayoga - I've been immersed in this text quite seriously for the last couple of years, so this workshop feels like the culmination of much work and practice. We're going to balance wearing the hat of both scholar and practitioner as we explore the philosophy and practice of Patanjali. Although the Yoga of Patanjali does not describe or involve a dynamic practice like we find in Vinyasa, Shri Krishnamacharya believed that this was the most important text on Yoga and as I've gotten deeper into the text myself I can see why. Yoga, according to Patanjali, is a deep meditative inquiry into the nature of awareness and the Self, a journey that transcends time and culture. I've been so fortunate to study this text with two particularly special teachers this year, Seth Powell of @yogicstudies and @ramaswamisrivatsa (pictured), the long-time student of Krishnamacharya. Still space tomorrow if you'd like to join in: Living the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali @Semperviva Kits Beach Studio Sat Oct 27th - 1:30 PM Link in bio
1. FIND YOUR THREAD [From my 10 Essentials for New Teachers] Know what inspires you. Many practitioners enter a teacher training without a clear understanding of what tradition or style they practice, let alone what style they wish to offer as a teacher. If this is still true after completing your training, it is time to do some research and exploration. Take classes from diverse studios and teachers, connect to more traditional approaches (for example, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Ghosh), and study the history of the practice. You will find that there is no singular lineage of Yoga. Seek a vision of Yoga that deeply resonates with you. This should feel like an instinctive pull that cannot be ignored. In the end it may not be an ‘ancient’ approach or Indian ‘guru’ from centuries ago. It could be a contemporary western teacher who has crafted a unique understanding of the practice. However, understanding the history behind the modern practice will help you be clear about what traditions you want to maintain and what flames you want your teachings to carry. Most importantly, being connected to story and origin empowers us. Existing in a cultural vacuum leaves us guideless and groundless. know where your practice comes from before taking it into the future. [The full list exclusive to my new teacher mentorship program, link in the bio]
Zander circa the late 80s working on my flying skills. I’d cry out “I’m a wizard!” in my English accent every time I jumped off the arm of the chair. I never mastered the flight siddhi or became a wizard but I don’t feel too far off the mark as a yogi, and floating off the ground is still the same innocent and playful experience. Join @krystinayoga and I this Saturday, 2-3:30 PM at @oneyogavan for our next Inversion Masterclass. $20, space limited so that everyone can use the wall. We’ll be workshopping hollowback pincha and a couple other surprises within an intermediate/advanced practice. Every masterclass also incorporates lots of strength building work designed to build a path towards the handstand press.
Study of Sri Krishnamacharya and the threads of Yoga he rekindled for the modern era has been my primary life’s work in recent years. This July I got as close to the source as I will in this lifetime when I attended an advanced vinyasa krama teacher training with Srivatsa Ramaswami at @oneyogavictoria . Ramaswami was a dedicated student of Krishnamacharya for over three decades, longer than any other student with the exception of Desikachar. He continues to transmit Yoga (with grace and humility) to students exactly as it was transmitted to him. Given that this training was like being embedded in the source, I was worried that if I didn’t resonate with the teachings my study of the Vinyasa tradition may be coming to a close. Suffice to say, this is not what happened - my love of this practice is more alive than ever. I’m excited to be offering a traditional Vinyasa Krama class on Wednesdays, 7:30 PM at @oneyogavan . Each class integrates classical vinyasa with pranayama and meditation. Thank you to @ryanleier @sweet_cait @laurenlakingscruton and everyone who helped make the training possible. 📷@brianjamesyoga 🙏