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The best yoga-related snippets from the web part 3

Lets jump straight in this week and start with a video from the New York Times in which Eddie Stern talks a little bit about Ashtanga Yoga. From what we see of Eddie on the web, we really like him.

Canadian teacher, Paul Gold, asks an important question in this article. Fewer practice days or less practice every day? Sharath was asked this same question in London last August and he said ‘You just have to do what you can’.

Two videos of Guruji in Copenhagen in 2006. I’ve already posted these on our facebook page but here they are again for those of you who missed them. First, a short video documenting Guruji’s visit to Copenhagen followed by a 17 minute conference given by Guruji with Sharath and Saraswathi.

We came across this film about bio-dynamic/organic farming in India. It raises a lot of questions about working with nature (as opposed to trying to conquer nature) to produce food. Peter Proctor (the father of modern biodynamics) is a New-Zealander who now lives just outside Mysore at the Bhaktivedanta Academy for Sustainable Integrated Living. We are told in the film that he knows more about soil than probably anyone else on the planet. This is well worth a watch.

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Practising with an injury

I saw a video the other day with two guys practising Ashtanga yoga primary series. One of these guys had a fractured femur. I never thought I would see someone practise with a broken leg. This video just proves that anyone can do the practice.


The best yoga-related snippets from the web part 2

So here we are again, there’s a lot of great stuff that we’ve seen in the last ten days or so.

First up, two great clips of Richard Freeman. The first is Richard breathing with sound helped by Guruji’s count. Second is extracts from a much more recent talk that he gave in Germany, where he talks about, amongst other things, injuries and yoga.

Speaking of injuries and yoga, we came across this video from A.G. Mohan (a student of krishnamacharya for twenty years and author of Krishnamacharya: His life and teachings).

And still on a somewhat similar theme, I personally loved this blog post by Alistair Francis (a practitioner of ashtanga yoga and ayurveda) on ‘breathing the practice’.

This is an absolutely fascinating article on the perfection of the Sanskrit language. NASA are said to be thinking of using Sanskrit as a new computer language bescause it is so precise.

But the winner this week, by a country mile is this animated film by Nina Paley. It is a re-telling of the Indian epic, the Ramayana. The music and animation is really top notch and the wit with which the story is told, kept us hooked all the way to the end. Once we starting watching it the other night, we ended up staying up way past our bedtime. It’s absolutely brilliant!!


The best yoga-related snippets from the web this week

We thought that we’d share a few blogs and articles that we found interesting, enlightening or both this week.

First up Chad Herst writes a great blog about Isvara Pranidhana (the last of the niyama). It’s a lengthy one but definitely worth a read Isvara Pranidhana: Sticking with what we truly know.

David Robson of Toronto features twice this week. First up, an interview he did in Portugal and then a blog post which he wrote for elephant journal on correct vinyasa and the variation of the length of the breath. Very interesting indeed. We like how he writes.

Two articles about sportsmen and yoga came up also this week. First of all world-cup-winning rugby team the all-blacks attribute their win totally to yoga (well not totally but we would like if they did). Brad Thorn, at age 37, has just signed a short term contract to play here in Ireland for Leinster. His longevity has definitely been helped by practising yoga. Ryan Giggs, at 38, reckons he might have another 100 games in him for Manchester United. He says that yoga gives him the strength and flexixility to stay in the game.

We liked this straight-forward article about Rolf Sovik of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo. He highlights the importance of balance in yoga practice and life in general.

But most of all, we loved these photos of Marilyn Monroe doing her yoga practice. You have to check them out!


Yoga Stops Traffick in Dublin

‘Yoga Stops Traffick’ in Dublin was a rip-roaring success thanks to everyone who came along (and also those of you who donated online).

Some donations are still coming in but we managed to collect around €1,000 to go to Odanadi (Update: The final total collected in Dublin is €1,208!).  It seems that the yoga practitioners of Dublin are a very generous bunch.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everybody involved.

Although you may never meet the children of Odanadi you have surely made a massive difference to their lives and to those children who will be saved from slavery in the future. Congratulations. It is truly a wonderful thing that you all did.

It’s not too late to donate if you know of anyone else who would like to do so. Click on this link to Yoga Stops Traffick’s donation page.

We will be running another event in Dublin next year and hopefully we can make it an even bigger event and raise more awareness for the horror of human-trafficking. Meanwhile, thank you all again for helping with a cause which is so close to our hearts.

Namaste.

The wonderful participants at Yoga Stops Traffick in Dublin looking surprisingly fresh after 108 sun-salutations.




Primary Series Asana Names

I have been meaning to add this to the site for a while now. Below is a list of all of the postures of primary series in a transliteration of the original Sanskrit.

I have taken the spelling of the asanas directly from a hand-out that was given to us by Lakshmish at the KPJAYI in Mysore.

  • sūryanamaskāra
  • pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • pāda hastāsana
  • utthita trikoṇāsana (A+B)
  • utthita pārśvakonāsana (A+B)
  • prasārita pādottānāsana (A,B,C,D)
  • pārśvottānāsana
  • utthita hasta pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • ardha baddha padmottānāsana
  • utkatāsana
  • vīrabhadrāsana
  • paścimattānāsana
  • pūrvattanāsana
  • ardha baddha padma paścimattānāsana
  • tiryaṅgmukha ekapāda paścimattānāsana
  • jānuśīrṣāsana
  • marīcāsana
  • nāvāsana
  • bhujapīḍāsana
  • kūrmāsana
  • supta kūrmāsana
  • garbha piṇḍāsana
  • kukkuṭāsana
  • baddha konāsana
  • upaviṣṭha konāsana
  • supta konāsana
  • supta pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • ubhaya pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • ūrdhva mukha paścimattānāsana
  • setu bandhāsana

Finishing Postures

  • ūrdhva dhanurāsana
  • salaṁba sarvāṅgāsana
  • halāsana
  • karṇa pīḍāsana
  • ūrdhva padmāsana
  • piṇḍāsana
  • matsyāsana
  • uttāna pādāsana
  • cakrāsana
  • śīrṣāsana
  • baddha padmāsana
  • yoga mudrā
  • padmāsana
  • utpluthiḥ