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.
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