Yoga Beneath the Surface By Srivatsa Ramaswami and David Hurwitz Mini Book Review I stumbled upon this one at @banyenbooks recently and ended up taking it home. It’s a suggested, but not required reading for the training with Ramaswami I’m attending in July @oneyogavictoria, but given that I probably already own enough unread books to stay occupied for the rest of my life, I thought I’d pass on this one. However, after flipping through it for a few minutes it bumped right to the top of my reading list. Yoga Beneath the Surface is a collection of questions and answers, originally started as an informal email exchange between student David Hurwitz and Srivatsa Ramaswami (who studied with Shri Krishnamacharya for over thirty years). Hurwitz then edited all of the questions into categories (philosophy, asana, pranayama, meditation, therapy etc) to share Ramaswami’s thoughtful and precise answers. The Q&A format between teacher and student has a long history in Yoga texts, two prominent examples being the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Yajnavalkya, and I have personally always found it to be a great way to absorb subtle information. That is definitely the case here; a lot of the questions asked by Hurwitz assume an understanding of the Yogasutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Yajnavalka etc, and concern clarifications on fairly specific aspects of philosophy and practice. As such, this is not an introductory text for any of the above subjects and I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who hasn’t read through at least the yoga sutras a couple of times. But for those of you who, like myself, are drawn to the Yoga of Shri Krishnamacharya, I think this book is a goldmine of teachings. [Continued in comments...]
Next Wednesday the 27th (a full moon for you Ashtangis) I'm leading a workshop exploring the logic and history behind the Ashtanga Vinyasa Sanskrit count. This is primarily aimed at Ashtanga practitioners, but for those of you who take my public classes and would like to understand why I often count through Surya Namaskar A & B in Sanskrit, please join! We'll cover: - The mystical history of the vinyasa count in the Yoga Korunta - The evolution from full to half vinyasa systems - How to begin counting in Sanskrit during practice - the count's connection to the subtle energies of the breath - The meditative and reverential intent of the count For those of you registered with Yoga Alliance, this workshop counts towards 1.25 continuing education contact hours. PRICE: $15 LOCATION: Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver PM me to register
A little finger-tip handstand practice before teaching this morning @yyoga Yaletown. I'm here a lot for the next month, picking up a few subs for @ristoduggan while he recovers ♥️ Weekend Yaletown schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5:45 PM Saturday and Sunday Morning 9 AM We're keeping the Rocket Vinyasa vibes flowing.
Curious about the Ashtanga practice but unsure how to get started? I LOVE teaching this intro workshop at @ashtangayogavancouver. Join me on on Saturday June 16 at 9:30 AM as we layout a foundation for the practice. For Yoga Alliance registered teachers this workshop is registered for continuing education credits. To my Yoga teacher friends: I personally find the Mysore style to be an incredible way to maintain my own practice and create a degree of separation from the public classes I teach almost every day. It is also adaptable in terms of start-time and duration which is great when you have a full day of classes but would like to get 40 minutes of focused practice in. It's also great when you have time to take things slower and spend a couple hours going deep into your practice. In this workshop we will cover: - The history and origins of the practice - The differences between modern led classes and the 'Mysore' style of practice - The three pillars of the Ashtanga practice (breath, bandhas and drishti) - An introduction to the Primary series - A detailed look at Surya Namaskar A + B in the Ashtanga style - An introduction to the Vinyasa (Sanskrit) count Also included: four days of Mysore style practice at Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver during the following week (Monday to Thursday). For registration details check out the @ashtangayogavancouver website and click the new students tab.