@krystinayoga and I are co-facilitating a workshop at @sempervivayoga this Saturday afternoon, where we will explore many of the ways we can cultivate our sense of the inner teacher. Whether we are practising in a group class or privately at home, we are always ultimately the one guiding our practice. Expect to learn about: - How to deeply listen to the physical body to avoid injury - How to create a sense of alignment in the subtle or energetic body to deepen the experience of every pose - How to craft a home self-practice, whether it be to accommodate and nurture an injury or to work on a challenging pose you are unlikely to encounter in a group class (handouts and notes included). All of that woven into an expansive and playful class - bring a notebook. Registration link in the bio!
Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings - By A.G. Mohan - Mini Review - This book has been written off by some as a hagiography, but I found it be an honest and sincere reflection of Krishnamacharya, a man who played perhaps the most significant role in the recent resurgence of Yoga. As the forward explains, while the book is primarily attributed to A.G. Mohan, his son Ganesh Mohan functions essentially as a ghostwriter, taking the story second-hand from his father and retelling it as if through his father’s eyes. The forward is also forthcoming about some of the inconsistencies in Krishnamacharya’s own versions of his history, as some details and dates changed over time. - In addition to a short biographical account of Krishnamacharya, the book also contains short sections of his approach to practice, so if you’re like me and often curious what Krishnamacharya’s thoughts were (as opposed to his students which diverge wildly), this book is fascinating all the way through. I’ve already shared a couple of things from this book in previous posts, and the whole thing could be shared piece by piece, but here are two small takeaways. - Krishnamacharya understood three principal domains of purposes for the practice of Yoga Asana: Siksha, as physical fitness and wellbeing, Cikitsa, as therapeutic treatment (for physical and mental ailments) and finally for upasana or spiritual practice for the purpose of inner transformation. When working with a student we need to first be clear about the student's purposes in coming to Yoga, and then customize the practice for those needs (meaning that even within the category of cikitsa, or therapy, the suggested practices will diverge from student to student). In Yoga today I believe we are often totally unclear (both as students and teachers) about our scope of practice and I thought this was a nice taxonomy. - [Review continued in the comments]
I’m leading an intro workshop on the Ashtanga Vinyasa method, Saturday the 27th, 9:30-11:30 AM at @ashtangayogavancouver. In addition to the two hour workshop, you also get four days of Mysore-style practice (Mon to Thurs of the following week with authorized teachers Fiona Stang or Maria Whittaker). This is a great opportunity to explore some of the fundamentals of the practice, including the three pillars, or tristana, of breath, bandhas and drishti. This workshop is suitable for everyone; teachers of other styles to brand new practioners. A common misconception about Ashtanga is that you have to have a ‘strong’ practice to begin; the opposite is in fact true. In the Mysore style of practice the teacher individually guides you through each new posture one at a time, and the form of instruction is more akin to a private than a group led class, meaning that any issues can be addressed immediately, and postures modified accordingly. To register: ashtangayogavancouver.com/category/workshops/ or email: email@example.com
I've been using the whiteboard the last couple of weeks at @sempervivayoga city studio to layout the sankhya metaphics that set the foundation for the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We start the the Yoga Sutras this Tuesday in my philosophy workshop series - two spaces remain. Message me for details! 1.1 atha yoganushasanam