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 🙏
Attention Vancouver Yoga Teachers: UBC Sanskrit Professor Adheesh Sathaye and I are in the early stage of developing some Sanskrit workshops and trainings for Yoga teachers and interested Yogis. We’re holding a small meeting to hear from about 5 to 10 interested Yoga teachers to understand what kind of structure and learning goals would best serve you. Adheesh and I have talked about everything from a 90 minute all-levels intro workshop to a month-long immersion designed to actually build some proficiency in both reading and writing. An example learning goal for the month-long might be something like: guide the group through a 10 minute asana class entirely in Sanskrit or be able to read through a classical hatha Yoga text. If you are interested in diving deeper into Sanskrit and would like to share your thoughts on what you’d like to learn and how you think it could be best structured, RSVP with me. We are meeting on Tuesday, September 18th at 2PM near Broadway and Arbutus (exact address to give given upon RSVP). We’ll chat for about an hour over chai made by Adheesh.
Whenever we take a class described as “power” “vinyasa” or “flow,” we are practising in the Vinyasa tradition of Shri Krishnamacharya, a fascinating yet mysterious 20th century Yogi. Join me as we explore the history of this powerful yoga tradition. We will look at its ancient roots, survey its most important philosophical texts and explore its development all the way up to the present day. Feel free to bring questions, and a notebook. Price: $35 // FREE for @sempervivayoga Members Workshop link in the bio