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Blog 2013 September Archive

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The Evolution of Ashtanga Yoga by Matthew Sweeney

24 Sep 2013, 20:49

Ashtanga Yoga is a wonderful practice for the body and mind. It is an evolving practice that is changing and growing to suit people of all ages and abilities. At least that is its potential. The tradition and its changing nature can be a difficult thing to reconcile. This problem exists for all traditions, so […]

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The Teacher / Student relationship by Aris K. Kapetanakis

23 Sep 2013, 08:26

The Lighthouse Life is an endless sea. We sail either with a specific course or drifting alone trying to find the course during our journey. Sometimes it is dark, foggy and harsh. Other times everything is peaceful, sunny and joyful. Either way, what matters is the journey. In this journey, occasionally, you might lose track […]

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Pranayama & Ashtanga Yoga Part Two by Charlie Taylor-Rugman

14 Sep 2013, 17:04

Following on from Charlie’s previous blog on Pranayama, here is his response to the questions at the end of that blog: Pranayama is the elephant in the room for many Ashtanga Yoga teachers and practitioners. The texts are clear however. The majority of Hatha Yoga texts, and the more philosophical Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, agree […]

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Ashtanga Yoga and Football by Danny Donachie

14 Sep 2013, 16:44

Many years ago I was studying with Tim Miller in Encinitas and asked him how best to teach the players I work with Yoga. He said, ‘don’t teach them, because that’s not the intention of the practice’. Fifteen years later I am still teaching them and yet remain conscious of the answer I was given […]

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Pranayama and Ashtanga Yoga by Charlie Taylor-Rugman

11 Sep 2013, 15:49

Tim Miller, one of Pattabhi Jois’ first American students, gave a number of workshops in Europe this summer. It was great to spend time with Tim and to gain the benefit of his immense knowledge. One of the things I liked best about Tim’s workshop was that he taught people the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama (seated […]

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Ashtanga Yoga in the Indian Megacity by Alan O’Leary

4 Sep 2013, 17:14

I just spent the summer in Mumbai and Delhi, and let me start by stating the obvious: India is massive! So it should not surprise us that the character of the yoga on offer will vary from town to town—and from city to megacity. Mysore might be just a drive to Bangalore and then a […]

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Selling Spirituality by Luke Jordan

4 Sep 2013, 11:08

I’ve been reading a great book recently called Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion. Okay, so it’s not a light read or a barrel of laughs but it is an incisive, illuminating and somewhat contentious examination of how the term spirituality has been used in the western marketplace. What the book suggests is that […]

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What Makes Someone Good at Yoga? by Nea Ferrier

4 Sep 2013, 11:01

When Ashtanga yoga is practiced Mysore style, students of all levels of ability practice alongside each other. While they mostly share the same set sequence of postures, the differences in their physical practices are apparent. For some, bending the body comes easily, for others age, injuries, body proportions and past histories make things more difficult. […]

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A Week With My Teacher by Matt Ryan

2 Sep 2013, 15:19

The idea was to get back to Mysore this year for a month, but then the wife got pregnant, which threw a spanner in the works of that particular plan. The next best thing was to book myself on to the week-long intermediate talk-through classes that Sharath was teaching in London in August 2013 (workshop […]